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Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill and  Vladimir Putin attend celebrations marking the 700th anniversary of St Sergius of Radonezh earlier this month

Francis’s ‘who am I to judge?’ line may have cooled the ecumenical ardour of the Russian Orthodox hierarchy

Syrian Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan (CNS)

Syriac Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan visits Washington to highlight plight of faithful in Iraq

Pope Francis (AP)

Pope speaks of children ‘deprived of hope’ in unscripted remarks to faithful

Photo: Vatican Radio

The Holy Father surprises staff by turning up for lunch

Vatican Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio (AP)

Prelates who fail to apply penalties seem to be ‘consenting to the evil committed’, says cardinal

Daily readings: July 27 – August 2

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 1 Kgs 3:5, 7-12; Ps 119; Rom 8:28-30; Mt 13:44-52 (Year A)

The tomb of St Peter Julian Eymard. His body remains incorrupt

St Peter Julian Eymard (August 2) entered the novitiate of Oblates of Mary Immaculate, despite his father’s opposition

Pope Francis with Meriam Ibrahim and her daughter Below: Pope Francis speaks to Meriam and her family (CNS) Meriam arrives in Rome with her children and Italian deputy Foreign Minister Lapo Pistelli (PA)

Pope Francis expresses “gratitude and joy” after Sudanese woman’s arrival in Rome


This week we bring you detailed coverage of last week’s ‘assisted dying’ debate and the tributes paid to Sister Philomene Tiernan, the Australian sister who was killed in the MH17 plane disaster. Luke Coppen talks to musician Matthew Schellhorn about care, bereavement and assisted suicide, Mary Kenny explains why we are being governed by barbarians […]