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Pope Paul VI offers a blessing to the faithful in Rome before flying to Istanbul in 1967 (Photo: CNS)

Despite severe challenges, the Church did not enter a steep decline the end of the pontiff’s reign

Smoke rises from Gaza City after an Israeli airstrike earlier this week (CNS)

Priest and nuns had to evacuate 29 severely disabled children and nine elderly women

Archbishop Welby with Pope Francis in June (AP)

Archbishop of Canterbury writes to Pope Francis and other church leaders

Cardinal Walter Kasper (CNS)

Catholic Church invited to join commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation

Pope Francis accepting a gift from the Archbishop  of Canterbury in June (CNS)

ARCIC has always been a reductionist body, part of a subversive movement whose indifferentism has caused huge damage to the faith of Catholics in the pew

Michael Gove has been appointed Conservative Chief Whip (PA)

The outgoing Education Secretary wanted to revitalise the Catholic school system, but he only met heel-dragging and indifference

Archbishop Welby with Pope Francis in June (AP)

Father Anthony Currer says it is significant that change has been implemented by the Church of England

The Church of England has voted to allow women to become bishops  (PA)

From a Catholic point of view, nothing much has changed – it is the principle of female ordination that is the sticking point.

The theme of the synod will be the 'pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelisation' (PA)

Topics in working document include some of the most controversial areas of Church teaching on the family

The newly elected Ukrainian president Petro  Poroshenko (PA)

‘Together Ukrainian citizens are saying no to tyranny,’ say the country’s Permanent Synod of Bishops