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'Small communities are where the parish system really works' (Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

Rural parishes like mine are struggling because of a drop in vocations and a lack of imagination

The image accompanying Bishop Olmsted's exhortation to Catholic men (IntoTheBreach.net)

Film, called ‘A Call to Battle’, asks Catholic men to ‘fill the breach’ caused by the crisis in the family

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

Pope Francis talks to Cardinal Péter Erdő in the Vatican synod hall (AP)

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

The Sistine Chapel Choir will record the hymn (CNS)

Paul Inwood was among 90 composers to submit a composition to the Vatican

St Pope John Paul II used the term 'new evangelisation' in his encyclical Redemptoris Missio (Photo: PA)

Fr Jonathan Cotton offers six steps that can prepare Catholics to share their faith

Benedict XVI celebrates his 88th birthday with his brother Mgr Georg Ratzinger, right, and fellow Bavarians (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)

Leading the doubters back home

Benedict XVI helped rescue the scriptures from becoming lifeless history

People pack the pews during a Mass of thanksgiving for the canonisation of St John Paul II (CNS)

A new book sets out why evangelising is not the reserve of Protestants