If anyone wants to know why Francis really called this two-part Synod, and what he hopes will be its fruit, then the guidance is in his speeches in the Americas, writes James Roberts

30 September 2015 | by Paul Vallely

The Synod of tough words spoken softly

The success of Pope Francis' strategy of delivering a strong message in a conciliatory tone - a feature of his trip to the US last week - will dictate the outcome of the Synod of Bishops in Rome next week

28 September 2015 | by Sr Margarets Walsh

Change in the public's attitude to refugees 'is a miracle'

The steady stream of refugees to St Chad's continues to grow but public attitudes after the death of three-year-old Aylan is a miracle, writes the sanctuary's organiser

To celebrate its 175th anniversary this year The Tablet, with the support of the Bible Society, is offering four £1,000 awards to individuals and charities that through their work respond to the Pope’s call

23 September 2015 | by Christopher Lamb in Washington

Francis to US bishops: be gentle, dry tears and forget tricky doctrines

In a remarkable papal speech that was at times poetic and characterised throughout by a gentle tone, Pope Francis laid out a new pastoral framework for the American bishops

Fr Tim Byron SJ discusses recent reports in the national press that foodbanks are being used by drug addicts to feed their habits

18 September 2015 | by Archbishop David Moxon

Anglican Communion not terminal, just in need of attention

The meeting of Primates announced by Archibishop Justin Welby is not a crisis point but a chance to carry out some long overdue relationship counselling for the different view points in the Anglican church today

17 September 2015 | by Mgr Mark Langham

Too early to call time on the Anglican Communion

The Archbishop's call for a meeting of the 38 Primates of the Anglican Communion is a clarion call not a death knell for the church, argues Mgr Mark Langham

Activist Sarah Reader reports on a week of direct action outside the Excel centre in London against Defence Security and Equipment International, the world's largest arms fair

07 September 2015 | by Chris McDonnell

Will a picture wake us from our slumber over refugee crisis

A picture can moves in more ways than a many, many words can - and there is a hope that the death of a 3-year-old boy may go some way


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