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Sisters of the Company of the Cross gathered in St Peter’s Square (AP)

Catholic women used to wield colossal power. The Pope’s commission alone can’t bring back those days

Pope Francis waves during the Angelus address on Sunday (APi)

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

Evelyn Waugh was 'one of the strongest opponents of the vernacular' in England (AP)

The great novelist, who died 50 years ago, almost became the first president of the Latin Mass Society

Composer John Cage in the anechoic chamber at Harvard University

What John Cage can teach us about the Mass

The avant-garde composer’s infamous piece reminds us that we need silence

Cardinal Marx addresses the Pope during the German bishops’ ad limina visit (CNS)

Why popes don’t always get what they want

The friends of Francis are urging him to take a revolutionary step after the synod. But there are good reasons why he might reject their advice

Bishops leave St. Peter's Basilica after a meeting of the Second Vatican Council in 1962 (CNS photo/Catholic Press Photo)

Vatican II was intended as a call to unity and evangelism, but its legacy has been an escalation of intra-Catholic wars. It is time to embrace John XXIII’s original vision

Archbishop Kevin McDonald (Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

The prayer was revised by Benedict XVI in 2008 after he permitted wider celebration of Mass in the Extraordinary Form

'The choice of music at Mass matters as much as the quality of the sermon' (cartoon by Christian Adams)

Can Bad Catholic Music be stopped?

When Benedict XVI was in his prime choirmasters quietly reintroduced chant and polyphony to Catholic parishes. But it may have been too little too late

Synod fathers pray at the start of a morning session of the family synod (AP)

Letters from the Synod: October 7, 2015

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

Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, who will again preside over the synod, talks to Pope Francis outside the Synod Hall last October (AP)

Letters from the Synod: October 1, 2015

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