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Members of the Catholic clergy hold candles as they take part in a procession at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (CNS)

This Sunday the successors of Patriarch Athenagoras and Paul VI will mark the 50th anniversary of an event which may have quietly altered the trajectory of Christian history

Israeli border police walk by Christians on the Via Dolorosa in the Old City of Jerusalem this year                     (CNS)

With the Pope visiting the Holy Land next week, Tim Stanley reports on the fascinating, troubled place

Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem gestures during a procession in Haifa, Israel (CNS)

Patriarch of Jerusalem calls vandalism against Christian and Muslim properties a ‘blight on Israeli democracy’

Father Jerome Murphy-O'Connor

In a recent interview with the Herald, Father Jerome Murphy-O’Connor, who died this week, argues the pen is mightier than the spade

Father Jerome Murphy-O'Connor

Fr Murphy-O’Connor passes away in Jerusalem at the age of 78

A destroyed Protestant church is seen in Mallawi, Egypt (CNS)

Christian leaders describe desecration and burning of churches as ‘an unprecedented scandal’

Pilgrims lift a Cross for hire outside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (AP)

You don’t have to take a package tour to have a successful visit to the Holy City

Sixth Sunday of Easter, Acts 15:1-2, 22-29; Ps 67; Rev 21:10-14, 22-23; Jn 14:23-29 (Year C)

Reliquary of the True Cross, thought to be by silversmith Rémond Lescot (1628-1629)

Jill, Duchess of Hamilton on a spectacular exhibition of Franciscan treasures brought to the Palace of Versailles from the Holy Land

UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 30/11/12

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