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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?

Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, general secretary of the Synod of Bishops, with Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi (CNS)

Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family will be shorter than a usual synod, says cardinal

Francis addresses cardinals in the synod hall in February (CNS)

Officials present working document for crucial synod of bishop in October

Francis holds on a press conference on the flight to Rome (AP) Below: A video of the press conference (CNS)

Pope confirms Vatican is probing claims about Cardinal Bertone’s handling of funds