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Cardinals in the synod hall (CNS)

In the first of a four-part look ahead to October’s synod, Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith says the Church hierarchy must prove it is willing to listen to the views of everyone

Pope Francis talks with Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia (Photo: CNS)

Estimate made by organisers of the World Meeting of Families

Pope Francis with members of the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)

Pope urges members of Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy ‘to have the courage to move away from the margins of safety’

Pope Francis said the group was 'witness to the growing understanding and appreciation of the bonds of brotherhood and reconciliation' (CNS)

Holy Father marks 50th anniversary of ecumenical group

Francis won’t allow us to take refuge in ignorance or uncertainty on the environment (CNS)

The environmental encyclical makes us squirm because it exposes our greed and recklessness with the powerful searchlight of the Gospel

Pope Francis greets Archbishop Michael Jackels after presenting him with a pallium (CNS)

The value of receiving the pallium publicly from the hands of the Successor of Peter will be lost

Pope Francis (CNS)

Francis reflected on the hurt family members can cause each other in his latest general audience talk

A migrant is assisted after arriving in Reggio Calabria, Italy (CNS)

French, German and Italian bishops have issued formal statements in response to migration crisis

The Vatican said that women were exploited in both the developed and developing world (CNS)

The instrumentum laboris criticises the surrogate culture of ‘wombs for rent’