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Pope Francis embraces Rabbi Abraham Skorka and Omar Abboud (AP)

The trip showed Francis’s remarkable persuasiveness is rooted in a gift for friendship

Dr Williams and Patriarch Bartholomew (Photo: CNS)

Dr Rowan Williams and Patriarch Bartholomew to attend Mass marking 50th anniversary of council

A Japan civil defence officer holds a four-month-old girl who was rescued along with her family from their home in Ishimaki, northern Japan (CNS photo/Yomiuri Shimbun/Reuters)

Pope Benedict XVI said after his Angelus yesterday that images of the earthquake and tsunami have ‘left us all horrified’

Pope Benedict XVI greets the faithful during the Angelus prayer at Castel Gandolfo yesterday (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 30/08/10

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