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Archbishops and cardinals wait to enter the Vatican Synod Hall (AP)

Reports and commentary, from Rome and elsewhere, on the XIV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops

Refugees wait on a bridge  for their registration and transport by German police  (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)

Violence in camps has intensified as the country expects 800,000 people this year

Author Atul Gawande tackles our confused thinking about mortality

Death is not always ‘a terrible tragedy’

Death in old age is a natural process which we must all eventually face

Joseph Goebbels (PA)

In Nazism, Hitler’s Minister for Propaganda discovered a malign alternative religion

Allied soldiers marching to battle on the road to St Vith

Antony Beevor gives a vital historical insight into the Ardennes offensive of 1944

Cologne Cathedral in Germany (AP)

Official data from the German Catholic Bishops’ Conference shows that 217,716 left the Church last year

Iraqi refugees at a camp near the northern city of Erbil (CNS)

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

Two police officers set up a barrier after a fire destroyed a reception centre for asylum seekers in Meissen, Germany (CNS)

Cardinal Marx has said that the attack showed ‘some groups’ were trying to ‘sow hatred’ against migrants

Cologne Cathedral (CNS)

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

German bishops arrive for the opening of their plenary meeting in Freiburg (CNS)

The German Church, defined by centuries of tension with Rome, is regarded as a bastion of liberalism. But Teutonic Catholicism is much more diverse than outsiders realise