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Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, who will again preside over the synod, talks to Pope Francis outside the Synod Hall last October (AP)

Letters from the Synod: October 1, 2015

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

The ‘Hegelian’ Cardinal Kasper in conversation with Italian Cardinal Ravasi

Edward Pentin offers an explosive and compelling account of last October’s family synod

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

Brother Roger, founder of the Taizé Community (AP)

The Holy Father sends message marking 10th anniversary of Brother Roger’s death

Men in traditional dress carry the East Timorese flag in the capital Dili (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 14/08/15

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

Cardinal Walter Kasper (Photo: CNS)

The German cardinal appears to backtrack on earlier comments in interview with EWTN

Friend or foe? Pope Francis greets Cardinal Raymond Burke in the Clementine Hall (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

As the crucial family synod approaches, his critics could prove his greatest allies

Cardinal Pietro Parolin spoke about the 'new climate economy' at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross (CNS)

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

Cardinal Wilfrid F. Napier of Durban, South Africa, arrives for a session of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family last October (CNS)

Cardinal Napier said reports that Cardinal Kasper was the ‘Pope’s theologian’ were worrying

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