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Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz arrives for the opening Mass of the Synod of Bishops (CNS)

Archbishop Kurtz addressed the synod today

The controversial Archbishop Bruno Forte, centre, is on the synod's final-report commission (CNS)

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

Pope Francis (CNS)

The Pope said he had “high hopes” for the trip

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’

Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, presented the document at a press conference today (PA)

The Vatican has released the instrumentum laboris for October’s synod

US Cardinal Raymond  Burke, patron of the Knights of Malta (CNS)

Cardinal Burke says that ‘through sound family life, our society will be transformed’

Bishops and cardinals take part in last October's family synod (AP)

Organisers say initiative ‘is not a survey or poll of Catholic opinion’

Cardinal-designate Edoardo Menichelli Below: and Cardinal-designate John Dew, right, with Archbishop Timothy Costelloe of Perth (CNS)

Francis refused to accept the cardinal-designate’s letter of resignation in October

Vatican Reform

Cardinal Nichols says family synod called faithful ‘to walk alongside people in difficult situations’

Pope Francis  at the synod on the family (CNS)

But why is Cardinal Burke himself, the hero of the synod, being eased out? And what are these disquieting rumours about Cardinal Müller?