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A car drives past the residence of Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst and the Catholic cathedral in Limburg (CNS)

Why the German Church is rich and arrogant

Billions of euros pour into the German hierarchy’s coffers every year thanks to the church tax. Hardly anyone goes to Mass, but it means the bishops can bully Rome

Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako, centre, at the family synod (CNS)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 23/10/14

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After an ugly and jarring fortnight, the synod fathers are now back on course

Cardinal George Pell has been an outspoken critic of Cardinal Kasper's proposal (CNS)

Cardinal Pell also criticises synod’s midterm report as “tendentious” and “skewed”

Cardinal Kasper, left, and Cardinal Ravasi talk as they leave a synod session (CNS)

In audio recording Cardinal Kasper appears to dismiss views of African bishops on homosexuality

Cardinal Kasper has said that some divorced and re-married Catholics should be allowed to receive Communion (PA)

Cardinal Kasper says Pope thinks ‘great majority’ of Catholics support a ‘responsible opening’

Cardinal Danneels leaves a morning synod session at the Vatican (CNS)

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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

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

Morning Catholic must-reads: 07/10/14

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Francis and Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco pray during the vigil (AP)

Pope says bishops ‘must lend an ear to the rhythm of our time and perceive the odour of people today’