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Pope Francis arrives at a morning session of the family synod (AP)

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

Pope Francis leaves the Vatican synod hall with Fr Antonio Spadaro SJ yesterday (AP)

Letters from the Synod: October 15, 2015

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

Synod fathers pray at the start of a morning session of the family synod (AP)

Letters from the Synod: October 7, 2015

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

The synod fathers will gather in Rome this weekend (CNS)

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

Pope Francis kisses Mattia, a 6-month-old child, as he leaves after his weekly General Audience (PA)

Pope Francis urged Catholics to have a deep and real friendship with Christ at his Wednesday morning audience

Italian Archbishop Pietro Parolin, the Vatican's newly appointed secretary of state (CNS)

Of course clerical celibacy isn’t a dogma; and Archbishop Parolin thinks that the Church is collegial when the Pope listens first and then decides

Archbishop Bernard Longley with Bishop Campbell and Bishop Conry in Rome (Photo: Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

And John Henry Newman, contrary to the supposition of many, was hardly an ecumenist as we understand the word

Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

Bishop Davies is striking a blow for the reform of the reform