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A parishoner is anointed with ashes by Deacon Ed Kelly during an Ash Wednesday Mass in Archbald, Pennsylvania (AP)

Some writers warned of future internal strife in the Church, while others examined the historical precedents

Rodrigo Duterte, who won by a landslide, has reportedly referred to the Pope as the 'son of a whore' (AP)

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

Cardinal Kasper famously insisted that the family synod's final text 'opened a door' for his proposal (AP)

Could the Kasper proposal, decisively rejected by the synod fathers, really be in the papal text?

Cardinal Kasper said the apostolic exhortation will mark the 'turning of a page' in Church history (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 17/03/16

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

Retired Pope Benedict XVI is assisted by Archbishop Georg Ganswein, prefect of the papal household, as he walks through the Holy Door of St Peter's Basilica (Photo: CNS)

Are there really two popes?

Benedict XVI’s resignation and his enigmatic life as Pope Emeritus have inspired ludicrous conspiracy theories. It’s time to put them to rest

Cardinal Marx addresses the Pope during the German bishops’ ad limina visit (CNS)

Why popes don’t always get what they want

The friends of Francis are urging him to take a revolutionary step after the synod. But there are good reasons why he might reject their advice

Pope Francis arrives for yesterday afternoon's session of the family synod (AP)

Letters from the Synod: October 21

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

Pope Francis shares a word with two bishops as he arrives at a morning session of the Synod of bishops. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Madeleine Teahan and Fr Mark Drew discuss this week’s dramatic events in Rome

Synod fathers pray at the start of a morning session of the family synod (AP)

Letters from the Synod: October 7, 2015

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

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