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Russian Orthodox Patriarch Patriarch Kirill (AP)

The Pope will meet Patriarch Kirill on February 12

Bishop Steven Lopes raises the chalice during episcopal ordination Mass (CNS photo/Tom McCarthy Jr.)

Bishop Steven Lopes was installed in Houston

Pope Francis poses with UN troops from Argentina during his general audience in St Peter's Square (CNS)

The Pope continued a series of talks dedicated to divine mercy in St Peter’s Square

Pope Francis accepts offertory gifts from nuns as he celebrates a Mass with religious in St Peter's Basilica (CNS)

The Pope celebrated Mass with thousands of consecrated men and women on the feast of the Presentation of the Lord

A pregnant woman waits to be seen at the Women's National Hospital in San Salvador (CNS)

Salvadoran bishops have not responded to a government recommendation made in response to the Zika outbreak

The Pope expressed his hope that the day of prayer would promote an encounter of people of different religions  (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Christians, Muslims and Jews all share compassion and care for the sick, Francis says

A group of migrants from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan walk along the frozen route from the border between Serbia and Macedonia to a temporary camp for migrants (Photo: CNS)

We cannot let borders be closed to suffering people, says Bishop of Trier

Circus members greet Pope Francis after their performance during Wednesday's general audience in St Peter's Square (CNS)

Circus performers entertained the Pontiff and the faithful during Wednesday’s general audience

Military pallbearers stand to attention next to the coffins of four Kenyan soldiers who were killed in an attack by al-Shabab in Somalia  (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)

Dozens of men were killed during the attack on the El Adde camp

St Elijah's monastery was 1,400 years old (PA)

Last week it was revealed that ISIS destroyed Iraq’s oldest Christian monastery in 2014