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Pope Francis, flanked by Cardinal Péter Erdő, arrives for the family synod's opening session (AP)

Letters from the Synod: October 6, 2015

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

Bishops from Europe and North America visit Cremisan Valley, west of Bethlehem

Morning Catholic must-reads: 16/01/15

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

El Greco depicts hell as an animal’s mouth (c 1570s)

How did we forget about hell?

Two theologians bear much of the blame, as a new book shows