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Next week's synod of bishops is a crucial event for the Catholic Church (CNS)

Letters from the Synod: September 29, 2015

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

US Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno has been appointed director of the Vatican Observatory (CNS)

A new book charts the historical relationship between the Church and science

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope Francis participates in the meeting for religious freedom with the Hispanic community and other immigrants in Independence Hall, Philadelphia

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Ss Peter and Paul (AP)

Philadelphia Mass: Full text and video

Pope Francis’s homily delivered at Mass at the Cathedral of Ss Peter and Paul in Philadelphia

Pope Francis (CNS)

As it happened: Mass in Philadelphia

Pope Francis is celebrating Mass in Philadelphia

A portrait of Pope Francis on the side of a New York City office building (AP)

Pope Francis is celebrating Mass in New York

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope Francis is visiting the Our Lady Queen of the Angels school

A rose is placed on a name engraved along the South reflecting pool at the Ground Zero memorial site (AP)

Pope Francis is participating in an inter-religious meeting at the Ground Zero Memorial in New York

The UN headquarters (CNS)

Pope Francis is visiting the headquarters of the United Nations in New York

Pope Francis at prayer (CNS)

As it happened: Pope Francis at Vespers

Pope Francis is celebrating Vespers with clergy and men and women religious in New York