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Pope Francis told an interviewer that Merkel had been 'a bit angry because I had compared Europe to a barren woman' (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 10/02/16

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

Queen Elizabeth II records a Christmas message in the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 07/01/16

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

Pope Francis arrives for yesterday afternoon's session of the family synod (AP)

Letters from the Synod: October 21

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

Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy (CNS)

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

Hilary Mantel is the first British writer to win the Man Booker Prize twice (Photo: PA)

Congratulations to Hilary Mantel

The twice-winner of the Man Booker Prize has found new riches in the otherwise exhausted seam of Tudor history

Posters of Katherine Howard are everywhere, advertising yet another Tudor novel

Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Henry VIII and Tamzin Merchant as Katherine Howard in the television series, The Tudors

She was a pawn, not a political player, and no one, it seems, felt sorry for her