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Francesca Chaouqui, right, and her lawyer Laura Sgro' arrive at the Vatican for her trial (AP)

PR expert Francesca Chaouqui has given birth to a boy named Pietro as the trial into alleged leak of Vatican documents continues

A lion at Bristol Zoo: parts of Europe once had a sizeable lion population (PA)

Nevertheless the Apostle gave us one of the best lion quotations in the whole Bible

Pope Francis arrives for an audience with nuns and priests in the Pope Paul VI hall at the Vatican (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 02/02/16

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

Pope Francis prays during the opening Mass of the family synod (AP)

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

Archbishops Anthony Fisher of Sydney and Blase Cupich of Chicago, centre, exchange the sign of peace during  Mass (CNS)

46 new archbishops representing 34 different countries concelebrated Mass with Francis in St Peter’s Basilica

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at St Peter's Basilica today (CNS)

Pope Francis has called on archbishops to be brave witnesses for the Church during Mass for Feast of Saints Peter and Paul

Ss Peter and Paul (c 1620) by an anonymous artist of the Roman School

The Solemnity of Ss Peter and Paul, Acts 12:1-11; 2 Tim 4:6-8 & 17-18; Mt 16:13-19 (Year B)

A detail from Hans Holbein's portrait of St Thomas More

Fisher and More lived exemplary lives and were content to be martyred for the faith

Archbishops Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia processes with fellow bishops outside the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark (CNS)

It is worth remembering that the American Church predates our own restored English hierarchy by some 70 years

The Good Shepherd in the catacombs

MAGNIFICAT: The week ahead

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