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Archbishops and cardinals wait to enter the Vatican Synod Hall (AP)

Reports and commentary, from Rome and elsewhere, on the XIV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops

Pope Francis talks with a cardinal prior to the start of a consistory last October (Photo: CNS)

Bishop Bode says the Church could do more to support people in stable unions

Cardinal Reinhard Marx, president of the German bishops' conference (CNS)

Are we witnessing the beginnings of an international campaign of defiance against the Catholic moral law?

Tourists helped the Vatican to achieve a surplus in 2014 (CNS)

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

Cardinal Reinhard Marx (CNS)

German politicians will be granted a vote on a number of bills aimed at changing the law on doctor-assisted death by November

Cardinal Reinhard Marx, president of the German bishops' conference (CNS)

German, Swiss and French bishops wanted to ‘enrich thinking’ about the foundations of the synod

Cardinal Reinhard Marx says the German Church is 'not just a subsidiary of Rome' (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Localism, at the expense of universalism, is a deadly poison for Catholics

Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CNS)

In new interview doctrinal chief Cardinal Müller criticises comments by German bishops’ leader Cardinal Marx

Morning Catholic must-reads: 26/02/15

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Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 13/02/15

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church