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Archbishop Gregory Aymond is one of the signatories to the letter (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert).

A group of religious leaders have urged the Supreme Court to halt the execution of Rodricus Crawford in Louisiana

A child looks on as migrants wait at the Slovenia border in Trnovec, Croatia (CNS)

Fr Gabriele Bentoglio spoke at the Eighth Global Forum on Migration and Development in Istanbul last week

Cardinal George Pell  pictured in March (AP)

The Australian cardinal discussed Pope Francis and Communion in a wide-ranging interview

Residents hold on to a plastic hose and an electricity wire while trying to cross a road after Typhoon Koppu hit the province of Nueva Ecija (CNS)

Relief effort hampered by struggle to communicate with some parts of the typhoon-hit region in the north of the country

Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane arriving for a synod session (CNS)

Archbishop Mark Coleridge has called for ‘a new kind of pastoral creativity’

Bishop Peter Doyle (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

Bishop Peter Doyle of Northampton discussed the synod in an interview with Vatican Radio

Israeli border police walk past the wall being built between Palestinian and Jewish neighborhoods in Jerusalem  on Sunday (AP)

Francis says courage must be shown to end rising violence between Palestinians and Israelis

Pope Francis greets Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington (CNS)

The US cardinal told America magazine the synod was not being manipulated

Pope Francis (AP)

Francis will visit Kenya, Uganda and Central African Republic at the end of November

Anthony and Catherine Witczak and others leaving a synod session (CNS)

Several lay couples addressed the synod, highlighting various issues facing families around the world