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Pope Francis talks to journalists during a press conference he held while en route to Italy (Tony Gentile/Pool Photo via AP)

Pope Francis ‘criticises Rome’s mayor’

Comments made on plane will increase tension ahead of Year of Mercy

Next week's synod of bishops is a crucial event for the Catholic Church (CNS)

Letters from the Synod: September 29, 2015

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

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

Syrian refugee children 
 (CNS photo/Muhammad Hamed, Reuters)

Pope Francis has also recently made available a mobile medical unit for refugees in Rome

Pope Francis {AP)

50 inmates from Rome’s Rebibbia prison were given a tour of the Vatican gardens before listening to the Pope’s Angelus address

Pope Francis talks with Cardinal Sean P.O'Malley of Boston (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Has America lost its Roman influence?

The only American bishop currently leading a significant curial office is Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston

A painting of St Philip Neri adorns the retable in St Philip's Chapel at the Birmingham Oratory  (CNS /Marcin Mazur)

The saint who didn’t hunt souls

St Philip Neri was a gentle and joyful saint who had a particular gift to offer the Eternal City

Ukrainian servicemen march with flags during the celebration of the  24th anniversary of Ukraine's independence from the Soviet Union in Kiev (CNS)

Francis urged a ‘response to the humanitarian emergency in the country’ during his address to crowds in St Peter’s Square on Sunday

The church of Don Bosco in the Cinecittà, Rome

Canon Law makes it clear that funerals should be refused to ‘manifest sinners to whom a Church funeral could not be granted without public scandal to the faithful’

Migrants line up as they wait for a food ration distributed by the Banque Alimentaire of Calais at a camp set in northern France (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

The farce at Calais cannot go on. We either enforce the law or change it