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Francis’s ‘masterful’ closing speech at last year’s synod should reassure worriers (CNS)

We have nothing to fear from the family synod

Honest, open and humble dialogue about the real issues facing God’s people is absolutely necessary

Prince Charles greets the supremely gifted James MacMillan (Photo: PA)

His Fourth is perhaps the first great symphony since the death of Shostakovich

Pope Francis with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople (CNS)

By strengthening the synod of bishops Pope Francis hopes to boost the chances of unity between Catholics and Orthodox Christians

Pope Francis waves as he leaves the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception after celebrating Mass and the canonisation of Junipero Serra (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope canonises Junipero Serra

The Pope said faith is alive only when shared

A statue of Blessed Junipero Serra in California (CNS/Bob Mullen)

Pope Francis is celebrating Mass for the Canonisation of Blessed Junipero Serra

Pope Francis greets Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington (CNS)

Pope Francis met the US bishops in Washington’s Cathedral of St Matthew the Apostle

Capitol Hill visitors walk in front of a statue of missionary Junipero Serra, center (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

An 18th-century Franciscan friar will be canonised in Washington tonight. But his detractors claim he was a Spanish imperialist who flogged Indian converts

Pope Francis (CNS)

As it happened: Pope Francis meets US bishops

Pope Francis is meeting with the Bishops of the United States of America at St Matthew’s Cathedral, Washington

President Barack Obama leans over to talk to Pope Francis during a state arrival ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House (AP)

President Obama welcomed Pope Francis to America during a ceremony at the White House

President Obama and Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope Francis is meeting President Obama at the White House