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Patriarch Kirill blesses the congregation during the consecration of the Cathedral of the Dormition (AP)

The patriarch met the Queen and Archbishop of Canterbury during his time in London

Opposition supporters in Kinshasa, Congo, chant slogans during a march to press Congolese President Joseph Kabila to step down (CNS)

Politicians in the country have agreed to move a planned election to April 2018

A Bangladeshi policeman stands guard at the spot where three motorcycle-riding assailants hacked student activist Nazimuddin Samad to death in April (AP)

Unlike the lynch mobs of Bangladesh, the Church has nothing to fear from modern secularism

A woman holding a candle and images of disappeared victims takes part in a rally for peace in Medellin, Colombia (CNS)

A new peace deal is to be negotiated after voters rejected an agreement that would have formally ended the long-running war between the government and Farc

Protesters at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester (AP)

A book by former director-general of the BBC, Mark Thompson, makes a case for the importance of rediscovering a shared language

Merchandise on sale at the Labour Party conference in Liverpool (PA)

A Catholic in Corbyn’s Labour

Could Corbyn’s leadership be good news for Catholic Labour voters?

The future Pope washes the feet of addicts at a rehabilitation centre in Buenos Aires (AP)

Book review: retreat, or surrender, is the worst possible response to a secular world

29 July

Take a look inside this week’s Catholic Herald

Cardinal Donald Wuerl (PA)

The cardinal argued that politics can be reduced to special interests unless it is guided by moral principles

Vatican official Fr Friedrich Bechina speaks at the Benedict XVI Centre’s launch (Benedict XVI Centre)

Don’t let our faith be privatised

I know from experience that religion is seen as prejudiced or irrelevant. But Catholics have a vital role to play in politics – as a new centre will demonstrate