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Georgian Orthodox Patriarch Ilia II, left, greets Pope Francis during welcoming ceremony shortly upon his landing in Tbilisi, Georgia, today  (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

Pope Francis’s three-day trip is unlikely to be win-win

Seminarians relax at the Society of St Pius X seminary in Econe, Switzerland (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Seminaries need to be replaced with a new way of training our priests

Jenna Coleman as Queen Victoria (Gareth Gatrell/ITV)

Victoria was by no means a model constitutional monarch, but she remains a fascinating figure in British history

Pope Francis attends an interfaith peace gathering outside the Basilica of St Francis in Assisi, Italy (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Peaceful people gather to pray for peace – it won’t sway those in favour of violence

The teachings of Jesus have given us a unique perspective on morality

Concepts of peace, humility and exalted love sprung from the Christian tradition

'The poll reminds us of the necessity of the role of reason in theology' (AP)

A new poll suggests up to a third of France’s Muslims reject the legitimacy of the country’s secular law

The funeral of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in Washington DC earlier this year (CNS)

The ‘funeral without the funeral’ could refocus our attention on the Eucharistic sacrifice. It’s a lot cheaper, too

A detainee at Guantanamo Bay (AP)

Former detainees are taking up arms against America. The US’s strategy appears to have misfired

Ukraine's then-President Viktor Yushchenko, right, and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill in 2009 (PA)

Ukraine’s Orthodox Church could split the two great Patriarchates of Moscow and Constantinople. Unless they turn to Rome

Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh, the Saudi grand mufti, comments have angered some Shia Muslims (AP)

The Sunni-Shia conflict forces Governments to make tricky diplomatic choices. Iran seems a better prospect