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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

Cardinal Walter Kasper (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis, File)

The Synod’s script is atrocious

The Instrumentum Laboris is at best theologically thin and tirelessly moralistic

A painting of St Philip Neri

The heart of St Philip’s apostolate is beating strong half a millennium after his birth

A Vatican flag (PA)

My friend Gerry’s Vatican flag had been lowered ever since Pius XII died

Cardinals in the synod hall (CNS)

In the first of a four-part look ahead to October’s synod, Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith says the Church hierarchy must prove it is willing to listen to the views of everyone

The African Church is where Vatican II has worked (CNS)

A fully involved laity, a Church permanently in mission, and beautiful singing, the Church here thrives

Young woman wears a mantilla at Mass (CNS)

The veil denotes our hallowed status as life-givers

Pope Francis presents a print of St Peter's Basilica to Armenian president Serge Sarkisian last September (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 31/03/15

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

Pope Francis opens a session of the family synod (AP/Andrew Medichini)

Far from having any hidden agenda, Francis genuinely does not know what to do about the divorced and remarried

Paul VI greets the faithful at the end of the Council on December 8 1965 (CNS)

It’s not Vatican II’s fault

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Half of baptised Catholics never attend Mass and a third claim to have ‘no religion’. But it would be wrong to point the finger at the great ecumenical council