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People walks past a Pope Francis banner outside a store in Mexico City (CNS)

The Vatican has updated the Holy Father’s itinerary for the upcoming papal visit

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill (AP/Alexander Khitrov)

Pope Francis will meet with Patriarch Kirill on February 12 in Cuba

Pope Francis exchanging gifts with the Archbishop of Canterbury  in 2013 (AP)
Pskov-Caves Monastery, near Estonia: ‘A new world suddenly opened up for us’ (Wikipedia)

Everyday Saints and Other Stories is fascinating collection of tales about the Orthodox monks in the Pskov Caves Monastery

An Eastern Orthodox Church in Antartica (AP)

Everyday Saints and Other Stories recounts how a student and his friends turned to religion

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

A Vatican delegation has travelled to Istanbul on Monday for the feast of St Andrew the Apostle

Pope Francis holds a  ball that was given to him upon his arrival at his weekly audience on August 26 (CNS)

The World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation is on September 1

Syrians in Aleppo clear the streets after shelling (Photo: CNS)

Bishop Audo says that almost everyone would leave Aleppo if they could

Pope Francis attends a welcoming ceremony with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the presidential palace in Ankara (CNS)

On the questions of ISIS and Armenia, President Erdogan seemed to be given a pass by the Pope

George Clooney is set to star in a special charity episode of Downton Abbey (CNS)

The Orthodox guide to surviving Advent

There’s no need to adopt their fasting rules, but we can learn quite a bit from the Russians’ preparations for Christmas