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Cardinal Vincent Nichols will participate in the Synod in October in Rome (PA)

The cardinal was responding to a letter signed by almost 500 priests

Pope Francis with a newly married couple (CNS)

I had not the slightest hesitation in signing the letter, and I was grateful to the organisers for undertaking the task

Pope Francis, cardinals and cardinal-designates pray before a meeting in the synod hall at the Vatican (CNS)

Priests says that doctrine and practice must ‘remain firmly and inseparably in harmony’

'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

Pope Francis celebrates the Eucharist during Mass at the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome Photo:CNS

‘If you are out of communion on a matter as fundamental as the right to life, surely you have chosen to cut yourself off from the community of fellow worshippers’ says Francis Phillips

A conversation with my parish priest reminds me of the difficulties the Church faces with baptisms, weddings and Holy Communion