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Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople speaking ahead of the Pan-Orthodox Council (CNS)

The leaders said they hoped the Pan-Orthodox Council would become a regular event, taking place ‘every seven to 10 years’

Pope Francis greets a Muslim woman as he meets refugees at the Moria refugee camp on the island of Lesbos (CNS)

Nine refugees, including three children, arrived from the Greek island of Lesbos on Friday

Orthodox patriarchs and primates at the Orthodox Academy of Crete (CNS)

Pope Francis sent a message of support ahead of the opening of the Pan-Orthodox Council

Bishop Kenney: ‘You will never reform the EU from the outside’ (Mazur/

Bishop William Kenney of Birmingham said groups such as CAFOD would lose grants

A small tent city has formed on Serbia’s border with Hungary where migrants are waiting to cross into the European Union despite border closures and a deal with Turkey to stop sea crossings into Greece. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Has the European Union actually made the world fairer, cleaner and safer?

Pope Francis greets Syrian refugees he brought to Rome at Ciampino airport (CNS)

Francis brought three Syrian couples and their children back with him from the Greek island of Lesbos

Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I prepare to toss floral wreaths into the sea on the Greek island of Lesbos (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool photo via AP)

During the Regina Coeli, Francis reflected on Saturday’s visit to the Greek island of Lesbos

Pope Francis meets refugees at the Moria refugee camp on the island of Lesbos (CNS)

Pope Francis, Patriarch Bartholomew and Archbishop Ieronymos signed a joint declaration insisting the world ‘cannot ignore colossal humanitarian crisis’