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A Church of the poor?  (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, pool)

Is the Church rich? It depends

But there is one country where the Church seems to be very wealthy

'The truth of law illuminates the mercy of God' (CNS)

The Pope’s recent comment about ‘doctors of the law’ is being flung in canonists’ faces

Bishops arrive at a morning session of the synod (AP)

The Church is governed by a universal series of laws – where this basic principal has been ignored, chaos and injustice have reigned

Pope Francis celebrates the marriage rite for 20 couples during a Mass in St. Peter's Basilica last year (CNS)

Pope Francis has made it abundantly clear that the doctrine of the indissolubility of marriage is simply not up for discussion

New spouses exchange rings as Pope Francis celebrates the marriage rite for 20 couples in St Peter's Basilica (CNS)

We’re heading for ‘Catholic divorces’

A leading canon lawyer argues that the Pope’s radical annulment reforms could overturn an all-important principle of Church law

The church of Don Bosco in the Cinecittà, Rome

Canon Law makes it clear that funerals should be refused to ‘manifest sinners to whom a Church funeral could not be granted without public scandal to the faithful’

Francis walks past members of the Roman Rota at the start of the Vatican's judicial year (AP)

Pontiff addresses members of the Roman Rota at start of the Vatican’s judicial year

Soldiers hit an anti-government protester with a stick in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, last month (CNS)

‘Canon Law rules out the exercise of temporal power, and it’s never right for a priest to hold it’, says spokesman

Francis blesses pilgrims at today's general audience (AP)

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Vatican Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio (AP)

Prelates who fail to apply penalties seem to be ‘consenting to the evil committed’, says cardinal