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A laboratory director inspects the microinjection of sperm into an egg cell using a microscope in 2011 at a vitro fertilization clinic in Leipzig, Germany. (CNS photo/Waltraud Grubitzsch, EPA)

The National Institutes of Health plan to lift ban on research funds for part-human, part-animal embryos

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

Archbishop Kurtz addressed the synod today

Syrian refugee children covered with dust arrive at the Jordanian border with Syria (CNS)

Catholics ‘should express openness and welcome to refugees’, says Archbishop Joseph Kurtz

Pope Francis has been outspoken about the death penalty throughout his pontificate (PA)

Pope Francis has spoken out over the death penalty on numerous occasions

US bishops gather at the at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption in Baltimore (Photo: CNS)

Mother Mary Teresa Tallon, a New Yorker, taught for 33 years before founding her own order

The funeral service for four Copts killed on Sunday takes place in Cairo (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 22/10/13

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

An expectant mother sits outside a Catholic migrant centre in Mexico City (CNS)

Benedict XVI issues appeal in message for World Day of Migrants and Refugees

Archbishop Chaput preaches at the end of the Fortnight for Freedom (CNS)

Archbishop preaches at end of US bishops’ Fortnight for Freedom

Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan on CBS This Morning (CNS)

Head of US bishops’ conference says doubts whether the White House is open to compromise

Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services (AP)

Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan says that decision draws “an unprecedented line in the sand”