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Cardinal Marx addresses the Pope during the German bishops’ ad limina visit (CNS)

Why popes don’t always get what they want

The friends of Francis are urging him to take a revolutionary step after the synod. But there are good reasons why he might reject their advice

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, pictured in 1987 (AP)

In 1985 Cardinal Ratzinger wrote a letter that eerily addresses the questions raised at the family synod

Bishop Jacques Gaillot, centre, speaks to migrants in 2013 (CNS)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 02/09/15

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Cardinal Reinhard Marx, president of the German bishops' conference (CNS)

Are we witnessing the beginnings of an international campaign of defiance against the Catholic moral law?

Pilgrims gather around the statue of the Virgin Mary at Medjugorje (AP/Amel Emric)

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

The move is regarded as a breakthrough on clerical abuse because the new system gives power to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Pope gives Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith authority to hold bishops to account

Pope Frances talks to the media on board an airplane returning to Rome (Photo: AP)

Commission took four years investigating alleged apparitions at Medjugorje

Bishop Egan said children need a mother and a father ©Mazur/

Bishop Philip Egan defended marriage in an editorial for the Catholic Medical Quarterly

The statue of Our Lady of Fatima is carried during a candlelit vigil at the shrine in Portugal (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

“There is no fourth secret and there are no other hidden secrets,” says Cardinal Amato

Pope Francis meets representatives of Leadership Conference of Women Religious at Vatican (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

LCWR leaders met Pope Francis today as the Vatican announced the conclusion of the process