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Reports and Commentary, from Rome and Elsewhere, on the XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops

Diana Johnson’s Bill is unlikely to become law – but it is part of a campaign for an extreme legislative shake-up

As Advent and Christmas become increasingly commercialised, the Byzantine fast is the perfect antidote

The number of women religious in the US has declined from nearly 200,000 in 1965 to just 47,000 in 2016

Is dying a form of art?

A new book urges us to rediscover the art of dying well

Pandering won’t do

There is every sign to believe he will remain a major power-broker

‘Do not be afraid of the love that places clear demands on people,’ John Paul wrote

Even more importantly, we do not have to treat his words with respect

Britain rediscovers the rosary

There is a resurgence of Marian piety in Britain after an ebb of more than half a century