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Cardinal Vincent Nichols  talks with Pope Francis as they arrive for the concluding session of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops (CNS)

505 lay people have written to the Catholic Herald in support of their priests

Cardinal Nichols at the Chrism Mass (Diocese of Westminster/Mazur)

Archbishop of Westminster says family synod is ‘a time of prayerful discernment’ in Chrism Mass homily

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’

Pope Francis is pictured with youths at a home for former street children in Manila (CNS)

Pope alarmed that many European countries currently have a low birthrate

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz (CNS)

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz said that families deserve to be held up and supported in their daily lives

Archbishop George J Lucas of Omaha (CNS)

A US district judge effectively struck down Nebraska’s ban on same-sex marriage on March 2

WhatsApp has been criticised by Cardinal Cipriani (CNS)

Cardinal Cipriani Thorne claimed the popular messaging app is having a negative impact on the lives of couples and families.

'The bishops’ 2015 letter the letter is of use to all voters – not just Catholics – in casting their votes this May' (PA)

The bishops’ 2015 letter reminds the reader that there is a moral obligation on all voters to exercise their franchise

Cardinal Nichols (PA)

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has released a letter ahead of this year’s general election

Newly married couples kneel during a Mass in St Peter's Basilica (CNS)

Bishop Mark Davies has encouraged the faithful to ‘speak up for marriage’