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Fra' Matthew Festing with Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin in June (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 14/01/16

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

Supporters of traditional marriage rally in front of the US Supreme Court in June (CNS)

Expressing same-sex marriage opposition ‘could put Catholic organisations at risk’

Sir Elton John has praised Pope Francis again (PA)

The musician says the Pontiff has brought the Church ‘into the 21st century’

'The abuse crisis was caused by abusers in the first place, but the crisis became a catastrophe because many bishops were not properly capable of oversight' (CNS)

Group of British priests hails the synod’s ‘brave refusal to accept ideological colonisation’

Pope Francis talks to Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri in the Vatican synod hall (AP)

Letters from the Synod: October 23

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

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

Meeting ‘should not be considered a form of support of her position’

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis (AP)

The Kentucky county court clerk who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples met Francis during his papal visit

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna arrives at the Vatican synod hall (Photo: CNS)

The cardinal says as a child of divorced parents he knows what it is to grow up in a ‘patchwork family’

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis  (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Once more we see the way something moves from being optional to being compulsory