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A Swiss Guard salutes as Pope Francis leaves the synod (CNS)

Cardinal Erdő makes announcement during first synod session

Nikki Breaterman with her famly

Nikki Breaterman suffers from acute myeloid leukaemia

'The peace challenges what I like most about the Catholic Mass – namely, the privacy of prayer' (CNS)

How the sign of peace disturbs me

While exchanging the sign everyone gets up, shakes hands, gives hugs and sometimes kisses – I’ve even witnessed a full-blown snog

Maurice Glasman: 'The most important thing is to express my gratitude to the Church, to the Catholic tradition for the intellectual nourishment'

Maurice Glasman explains why Catholics should trust the Labour party

Iraqi children who fled their village with their family rest near their car at a Kurdish checkpoint, in the Khazer area between the Iraqi city of Mosul and the Kurdish city of Irbil, northern Iraq, Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Vatican is right to support US airstrikes against the Islamic State

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill and  Vladimir Putin attend celebrations marking the 700th anniversary of St Sergius of Radonezh earlier this month

Francis’s ‘who am I to judge?’ line may have cooled the ecumenical ardour of the Russian Orthodox hierarchy

Charles Uzzell-Edwards aka Pure Evil

Charles Uzzell-Edwards claims to be descended from seven saints

Prince Rupert zu Loewenstein (fourth from right) pictured with other members of the Constantinian Military Order of St George and Cardinal George Pell

Prince Rupert zu Loewenstein passes away at the age of 80

Above: A man reads a Catholic blog. Below: A nun attends a meeting of Catholic bloggers at the Vatican in 2011; blogger Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston checks his phone; Benedict XVI sends the first tweet from the @Pontifex account in December 2012; ; and Archbishop Claudio Celli speaks at meeting of Catholic bloggers (CNS)

As controversy rages over Catholic blogs we ask five incisive writers what role blogging should really be playing in the Church’s life

Barry and Margaret Mizen

Father of murdered schoolboy on being named in the New Year’s Honours List and his quest to keep his son’s memory alive