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Pope Francis blesses pilgrims in St Peter's Square on Sunday (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 05/12/16

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Pope Francis greets Stephen Hawking at the Vatican on Monday (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 29/11/16

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

Vladimir Putin congratulates Patriarch Kirill on his 70th birthday in Christ the Saviour Cathedral, Moscow (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 23/11/16

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

Discussing the 'Arab Spring', Chaldean Bishop Francis Kalabat said: 'If that is the spring, I'd hate to see the winter' (CNS)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 22/11/16

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Patriarch Kirill of Moscow takes part in a reconsecration service at the Russian Orthodox Church in London, (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

The Patriarch is acting as a roving Russian ambassador abroad

The US bishops attend the opening Mass of a plenary assembly in St Louis (Chris Lee/St Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 19/10/16

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Pope Francis has said he will 'almost certainly' visit India and Bangladesh in 2017 (CNS)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 07/10/16

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Mourners attend the funeral Mass of Archbishop Rahho outside Mosul in 2008 (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 21/09/16

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Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople speaking ahead of the Pan-Orthodox Council (CNS)

The leaders said they hoped the Pan-Orthodox Council would become a regular event, taking place ‘every seven to 10 years’

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, center, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople, right, and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill, speak on a roof overlooking the Kremlin in Moscow (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Dmitry Astakhov, Presidential Press Service)

Is Orthodoxy unravelling?

After 50 years of preparation, the Pan-Orthodox Council has fallen apart at the last minute. Many are blaming Moscow, but that is far too simplistic