At the end of our fourth full month online, we at Novena would like to extend a special thank you to you, our valued readers, for following us in October.

The month brought us the Amazon Synod, startling revelations about financial scandals in the Vatican, new cardinals, continued debates over the ordination of women, and much more besides.

Thank you for continuing to read us and to follow us on social media, as we seek to bring you prompt and insightful coverage of the most revelant stories on the religion and culture beat in Europe and beyond.

Here are the ten most popular stories you read on Novena in October:

10. Mainz bishop says arguments against women’s ordination “fail to convince”

9. New Bologna cardinal causes stir with Muslim-friendly “welcome tortellini”

8. German bishop predicts “nothing will be the same” in the Church after Amazon Synod

7. On eve of Amazon Synod, Pope opens door to more ministry for women

6. Ecological “sin”, married priests, women deacons… The Amazon Synod final document in seven key ideas

5. Pope Benedict covered up sex assaults of “very gay” and “horny” Vatican prelate: report

4. Italian bishop breathes “sigh of relief” after closure of Bannon far-right, ultra-Catholic “gladiator school”

3. Austrian cardinal gives women permission to preside at funerals, says practice “well-accepted”

2. Italy closes former Trump advisor Bannon’s far-right, ultra-Catholic “gladiator school”

1. Let women be cardinals if they are ordained to the diaconate, says Cardinal Hollerich

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