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Next week's synod of bishops is a crucial event for the Catholic Church (CNS)

Letters from the Synod: September 29, 2015

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

Young people from Brazil pass on the World Youth Day cross to youths from Poland (CNS)

World Youth Day 2016 will take place next July in Krakow, Poland

Raphael's The Miraculous Draught of Fishes

MAGNIFICAT: The week ahead

How to get more from Magnificat, the daily spiritual life companion

Of course it is Jesus Christ who saves us, the Church he founded is how he does it (PA)

The Church, rightly perceived, is a thing of divine wonder, even though it so often looks like a thing of earth

The Assumption of the Virgin by Francesco Botticini

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Revelations (11: 19 & 12: 1-6 ) Corinthians (15: 45-51 ) Luke (1: 39-56 )

Children dressed as angels react as they attend Christmas Mass at a Catholic church in Beijing (CNS)

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

Pope Francis gestures to newlywed couples during one of his weekly audiences earlier this year (CNS)

In the second of a four-part look ahead to October’s synod, Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith says it is vital to stay faithful to Scripture in its entirety, not just the bits we like

A detail from Hans Holbein's portrait of St Thomas More

Fisher and More lived exemplary lives and were content to be martyred for the faith

The long-suffering Job and his family, as illustrated by William Blake

Twelfth Sunday of the Year, Job 3:1 & 8-11; 2 Corinthians 5:4-17; Mark 4: 35-41

The Last Supper by the Spanish Renaissance painter Vicente Juan Masip

The Solemnity of the Most
Holy Body and Blood of Christ –
Ex 24:3-8; Heb 9:11-15; Mk 14:12-16 & 22-26 (Year B)