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An image of Agnès Sorel, the 15th-century royal mistress and fashion trendsetter (CNS)

A new biography captures the sense of suppressed panic that lay behind the intricate court etiquette of the 15th century

Mount Zion seen from the south by Victorian landscape painter Thomas Seddon

Second Sunday of Advent, ISAIAH 40: 1-5; 2 PETER 3: 8-14; MARK 1: 1-8 (Year B)

Tensions between Israelis and Palestinians have increased

Violence mounts following synagogue murders

Francis arrives for this morning's general audience (AP)

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 19/11/14

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

Religious leaders including Lord Sacks and Cardinal Müller at the Vatican conference on marriage

Religious leaders from all over the world paused to pray in wake of synagogue attack

Cardinal Nichols (PA)

Cardinal will visit Holocaust memorial and Gaza

Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem (CNS)

‘We need the politicians to be with us,’ says Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal

Pope Francis with Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, right, and Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau at the Heichal Shlomo centre (PA)

Pope honoured by Israel’s voluntary emergency services organisation

Pope Francis with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew (PA)

Historic moment comes fifty years after encounter between their predecessors

Pope Francis stands with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I as they meet outside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (CNS)

Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew I make Common Declaration after meeting today