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Pope Francis, left, and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, arrive for vespers in the church of San Gregorio al Celio, in Rome (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Female ordination and sexuality are surface issues. The root of the problem lies in different views on Scripture and tradition

Pope Francis greets the Archbishop of Canterbury in Assisi (AP)

Archbishop Justin Welby was speaking during a discussion on ecumenism in Assisi

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

Jewish, Anglican and Catholic leaders celebrated the 25th anniversary of the patriarch’s enthronement

Martin Luther by Lucas Cranach the Elder. German bishops said he was a ‘Gospel witness’ (CNS)

In a new report Germany’s bishops say the 500th anniversary of the Reformation must involve repentance on both sides

Tributes at the city hall entrance close to the home of Father Jacques Hamel (AP)

Fr Hamel told his parishioners to aim for sanctity, pointing to the example of the Martin family

Orthdox worshippers gather round candles stuck to jars of honey, arranged as a Holy Cross, during Mass for the 'sanctification of honey' at a church near Sofia in 2012 (AP)

During a recent trip to Bulgaria, I discovered a people in need of pastoral care, not theological squabbling

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, left, and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill (AP Photo)

For some even the slightest change in relations with Rome will end up with tradition being swept away

Justin Welby and Cardinal Vincent Nichols

The two leaders have previously spoken of their ‘implicit trust in each other’

Justin Welby and Cardinal Vincent Nichols

Bishops are to ask Catholics to join an Anglican week of prayer

Pope Francis leads ecumenical vespers at the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls in 2014 (CNS)

Churches should work together on points of common agreement not strive for the impossible