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Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 27/01/16

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

Pope Francis (AP)

A Vatican spokesman confirmed Francis received the invitation during an early morning private audience

Mgr Nunzio Scarano (AP)

Mgr Nunzio Scarano was found not guilty of involvement in a huge tax evasion plot

Pope Francis pictured at the Nativity scene in St Peter's Square last year (CNS)

The figures will be used in Nativity scenes across Italy this Christmas

A photo of three slain Franciscans is unveiled during the beatification ceremony  (AP)

Two Poles and one Italian were killed by Shining Path guerrillas in 1991

Dr Alessandro Franciscis, the president of the Office of Medical Observations (Simon Caldwell)

A senior official at Lourdes said he is proposing British and Irish pilgrimages as a model for the rest of the world

Bangladeshi riot policewomen standing guard  in Dhaka (AP)

An Italian priest, Fr Piero Arolari, was shot at by three assailants as he cycled to church

Italian journalist and author Gianluigi Nuzzi (AP)

Gianluigi Nuzzi, author of Merchants in the Temple, received an official summons from the Vatican prosecutor

Cuban President Raul Castro and Pope Francis next to the crucifix made of oars (Photo: AP)

The Pope received the cross from President Raul Castro during his trip to Cuba

Filipino mothers hold their newly born babies in Manila (CNS)

Francis urged a group of Italian business executives ‘to direct economic activity in the evangelical sense’