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✣ October ,

News&analysis 6 Week in review A guide to the past seven days 8 World news map 10 The Vatican 11 Britain 12 The US 14 The rest of the world

The ideal guides to Milan’s waterways p23

Comment & features 15 Diary Just don’t mention Brexit! Melissa Kite goes to night school 16 COVER STORY The Synod can only succeed if it begins with brutal honesty 18 Fr Raymond de Souza Romero should have been canonised in San Salvador 20 Stuart Reid Why St Bede’s has become one of the great parishes of London 21 Matthew Schmitz At the synod, bourgeois values are in the driving seat 22 Quentin de la Bédoyère Why attractive people are given an easier ride through life 23 Mary Kenny Pregnancy tests give rise to a thousand different responses 24 Interview: John Waters The Irish writer tells Mick Duggan why he regrets his country’s choices – but couldn’t emigrate

The Tory conference and the fate of marriage p11

Oscar Wilde knew the Church wasn’t respectable p21

Back pages 27 Letters & emails Faithful behind the bamboo curtain; where the crisis starts 28 Arts Daisy Dunn on the 16th C Venetians Mantegna and Bellini, brothers-in-law in art 30 Books Cardinal Gerhard Müller says Oscar Romero was a martyr for truth, not power 34 Spiritual life Fr Dominic Allain is inspired by a layman friend 35 Crossword 36 Charterhouse Theodore Dalrymple recalls conversations with arsonists, thieves and other prisoners 39 The Last Word Fr Ronald Rolheiser asks what single thing cannot be doubted Cover: Catholic News Service

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