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Pope Francis hugs Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I during a day of prayer for peace, in Assisi (AP)

The Joint Commission for Theological Dialogue announced a substantial agreement but healing the historic schism still requires plenty of work

Priest administers the sacrament of the sick to a man with HIV  (CNS/Barbara Fraser)

Bishops have issued pastoral guidelines for clergy dealing with Catholics who are considering euthanasia or assisted suicide

Pope Francis (CNS)

The Pope offered prayers for Sister Isabel Sola Matas during the canonisation Mass for Mother Teresa

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A French flag and a prayer beads are displayed at a makeshift memorial in front of the Saint Etienne church where Fr Jacques Hamel was killed (AP)

The French government must recognise its culture as traditionally Judeo-Christian – in short, a cultural renaissance needs to be facilitated by the state

Pope Francis

The Vatican on Monday released the itinerary for the Caucasus trip which begins on September 30

Under Pakistan's blasphemy laws, anyone accused of insulting Islam can be sentenced to death (AP)

Nadeem James Masih is on the run after allegedly sending the poem to his Muslim friend

Pope Francis with Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II at the Vatican (L'Osservatore Romano/ AP)

Three people were killed in north-east Syria, when the bomber attacked an event, which marked the massacre of Christians more than a century ago

Pope Francis (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

The Pope spoke to a group of healthcare professionals from Spain and Latin America

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi (AP)

A Muslim mob stripped an elderly Christian woman naked and paraded her through the streets of a village