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Pope Francis called for prayers (PA)

The Pope ‘conveys his closeness to all the Greek people’ in a note issued by the Holy See

Pope Francis gestures to newlywed couples during one of his weekly audiences earlier this year (CNS)

In the second of a four-part look ahead to October’s synod, Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith says it is vital to stay faithful to Scripture in its entirety, not just the bits we like

The recently appointed Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis (PA)

Debt is a major moral issue, though one that has not received enough attention, given that the economic crisis we have been living through since 2008

Pope John XXIII was canonised on Divine Mercy Sunday of this year (PA)

The affection between Saint John and the Turks remains today

Riot police use tear gas as protesters stand in front of the Greek Parliament in Athens, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012. Riots engulfed central Athens and at least 10 buildings went up in flames in mass protests late Sunday as lawmakers prepared for a historic parliamentary vote on harsh austerity measures demanded to keep the country solvent and within the eurozone. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

The economic approach of Athens has resembled Becky Sharp in Vanity Fair

George Papandreou, the Greek prime minister, has proposed a referendum on the bailout (Photo: PA)

And when the inevitable finally comes, the Greeks who suffer most will be the least guilty