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Whitby Abbey, the site of St Hilda’s Monastery, where the synod of Whitby was held in AD 664

Whitby hosted a historic 7th-century synod where clerics chose to follow the Roman tradition for Easter

Pope Francis poses for a photo with a group of nuns after his weekly general audience (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 07/10/15

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

Bishop Nicholas Holtam, Church of England bishop for the environment

CoE Bishop Nicholas Holtam urges fellow Christians to get behind the pope’s World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

An Orthodox priest stands at a bus stop with a poster urging a Yes vote in last Sunday's referendum (AP)

In the minds of many Greeks, the Orthodox Church has become part of an arrogant and self-serving establishment

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill (AP/Alexander Khitrov)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 12/03/15

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

Russian President Vladimir Putin leaves after a meeting with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill last year (PA)

Putin is pushing the Patriarch to the brink

The Patriarch of Moscow laid the intellectual groundwork for Russia’s incursion into Ukraine. But now he is paying an exceedingly heavy price

Archbishop Gintaras Grusas of Vilnius in Lithuania (CNS)

‘We’re in the front line, and Russia has made its intentions clear,’ says Archbishop of Vilnius

Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I wave to the faithful in Istanbul (AP)

Francis meets refugees after issuing joint declaration with Patriarch Bartholomew

Pope Francis with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I in Istanbul last year (AP)

Pope asks Patriarch to ‘bless me and the Church of Rome’

Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople embrace during an ecumenical celebration in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem in May (CNS)

Meeting with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I and visit to Turkey-Iraq border could take place