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Men ordained to the priesthood in Westminster Cathedral (Photo: Mazur/

Such actions mean a bishop must intervene before a person can be ordained, according to a new document

Pope Francis attends a meeting with the patriarchs and major archbishops of the Eastern Catholic churches at the Vatican (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters)

The changes, brought in after 15 years of study, are to help Eastern Christians living in Latin-majority lands

Bishops queue to meet Pope Francis after a general audience (AP)

The potential scope of the new definition of episcopal negligence is of huge significance

Pope Francis (AP)

The Pope has made canon law changes with the aim of making marriage annulment quicker and cheaper

'The truth of law illuminates the mercy of God' (CNS)

The Pope’s recent comment about ‘doctors of the law’ is being flung in canonists’ faces

Bishops arrive at a morning session of the synod (AP)

The Church is governed by a universal series of laws – where this basic principal has been ignored, chaos and injustice have reigned

Vatican Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio (AP)

Prelates who fail to apply penalties seem to be ‘consenting to the evil committed’, says cardinal

Fish and chips: a popular option for Catholics on meatless Fridays (PA)

Australia may follow England and Wales in restoring penitential practice

An alligator swims in  everglades waters in Florida (PA) Below: The Catholic Herald cartoon (Christian Adams)

Archbishop Gregory Aymond said that alligators should be “considered seafood”

Pope Francis released his first apostolic exhortation today (CNS)

Pope offers encouragement to members of the Church’s highest tribunal