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Confused by the synod? Remember, love is the fulfilment of the Law

Pope Francis celebrates the opening Mass for the synod in St Peter's Basilica (AP)

The concept of gradualism is as old as Christianity itself

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Francis kisses a child as he arrives for the general audience (AP)

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Books blog: Why Brian Cox really needs to read some St Augustine

Prof Brian Cox (PA)

Unlike Richard Dawkins, the physicist displays a winning humility when discussing God’s existence

Catholic Herald view: Pope Francis is leading us beyond the Kasper debate

Pope Francis attends the first full day of the family synod (AP)

After eight solid months of debate on Communion, Francis has shared his compelling vision for the family synod

Praying the Rosary is our secret weapon against ISIS

Today is the Feast of the Most Holy Rosary (PA)

Destructive bombs have nothing to do with God

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An Iraqi Christian fleeing ISIS seeks refuge inside a church (CNS)

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Synod must show faith is not an inconvenience to family life

Members of the faithful at a prayer vigil led by Pope Francis on Saturday ahead of the synod (CNS)

Priests and bishops need to help couples understand the married vocation

Ten handy phrases for bluffing your way through the family synod

Pope Francis celebrates a Mass opening the family synod (AP)

How to sound extraordinarily well informed about the momentous gathering of bishops in Rome

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The beatification Mass in the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark (AP)

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The Conry affair has exposed a crisis in Church governance – over to you, Francis

Bishop Kieran Conry (Photo: Mazur/

We need to find out why canon law failed to prevent this current mess from occurring