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Bishops and cardinals  at the family synod (CNS)

Join the discussion on the family synod’s mid-term report

Warm double chocolate cake with raspberry sauce and raspberries on top (Photo: PA)

Or is that a distraction from the real task of preparing for Holy Week and Easter?

The 'Jubilee Church' in Rome, designed by US architect Richard Meier (Photo: CNS)

Or are there some modern churches that really do inspire devotion and raise people’s spirits to God?

An image from the bishops' conference Come Home for Christmas campaign

Debate: Why do Catholics lapse?

Is it primarily the fault of the Church or of the Catholics who have left it?

Fr Josemaría Escrivá, played by Charlie Cox, in the movie There Be Dragons (CNS photo/Motive)

Should we always encourage people to convert or can there be good reasons not to cross the Tiber?

Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior of the SSPX, blesses families in Ecône, Switzerland (CNS photo/Denis Balibouse, Reuters)

Or are they a crucial step along the way towards unity?

The new translation of the Mass, as presented to Pope Benedict XVI (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Will it enhance the liturgical life of the Church, or is it just a lot of extra hassle for priests?

A former Episcopalian priest kisses his wife after his ordination to the Catholic priesthood (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

As an ordinariate looks set to be established by next week, the debate about married priests reopens

Giovanni Maria Vian, editor-in-chief of L'Osservatore Romano (Photo: CNS)

Or is it a breath of fresh air in the fusty world of Vatican communications?

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair defended religious faith as a force for good in the world during a televised debate with atheist and columnist Christopher Hitchens. Andrew Winning/PA Wire

The former British prime minister argued that religion was a force for good against atheist and journalist Christopher Hitchens in a televised debate in Canada