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The synod on the family is the first since Francis’ election in March 2013 (PA)

The hard issues have been analysed inside and out, but is the Church in England and Wales ready for what comes next?

Eugenio Scalfari (Photo: PA)

Eugenio Scalfari told the BBC about his request in an interview aired this week

Cardinal Burke has said the Church cannot change its teaching on Communion for the divorced and remarried (CNS)

Cardinal Burke said the proposal would do harm

People gather at the site of an October 2 car bomb attack that killed 11 people in Baghdad (CNS)

The Pope has convened a Vatican summit on the Middle East

Pope Francis (PA)

More than 360 people were killed after a boat capsized and sank near Lampedusa

Pope Francis (AP)

The Church must show that the family is a great gift, the Vatican says

Pope Francis greets emeritus Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Francis embraced the 87 year-old

Cardinal Rodriguez (Photo: CNS)

Cardinal Rodriguez says the reorganisation of the Curia is a ‘normal process’

Pope Francis blesses new spouses this month (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

With Britain the divorce capital of Europe, young people need all the help they can get

Dr Ezekiel J. Emanuel (PA)

Life still has meaning even when you’re old