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Maronite Catholic bishops pose for a photo during their June 13-17 annual synod at Bkerke, the patriarchal seat north of Beirut, Lebanon (CNS)

The bishops released a statement at the conclusion of their synod in which they rejected a partitioning of the Middle East

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin (PA)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said the Pope hopes to attend but his participation cannot be confirmed at this stage

Pope Francis exchanging gifts with the Archbishop of Canterbury  in 2013 (AP)
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

Cardinal Robert Sarah, centre, pictured at last year's extraordinary synod (CNS)

A selection of essays by Cardinal Sarah and others demonstrate the inspiration of the Holy Spirit at work

Pope Francis (CNS)

Article quoting Pope Francis by Eugenio Scalfari is ‘in no way reliable’, says Vatican spokesman

Pope Francis flanked by adviser Bishop Marcello Semeraro (AP)

The cracks widen at the family synod

The past three weeks have shown there is a real fracture within the Catholic hierarchy. Can Francis find a way to lead and unite the conflicting factions?

Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster at the closing synod session (CNS)

The Archbishop of Westminster gives interview in which he says synod process is ‘beginning to gain maturity’

Cardinal George Pell (PA)

Synod members disagree on whether final report opens Communion to remarried on a case-by-case basis

Pope Francis (Photo: AP)

Addressing the Chaldean Synod, Pope Francis lamented the situation of Christians forced to flee their homes due to terrorism