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The Wilton Diptych shows Richard II dedicating England to Our Lady as her dowry

How England took flesh

The nation has a glorious future if it rediscovers its identity as ‘the Dowry of Mary’

Bishops leave a session of the family synod (CNS)

Letters from the Synod: October 14, 2015

Reports and commentary, from Rome and elsewhere, on the XIV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops

Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy (CNS)

Reports and commentary, from Rome and elsewhere, on the XIV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops

Saints Cyril and Methodius

These Byzantine brothers changed the course of European history by bringing Orthodox Christianity to the Slavs of the Balkans

An Iraqi woman looks in a camp displaced Iraqis who fled from their towns after advances by Islamic militants take shelter in Najaf, Iraq (PA)

600 Christians came to intercede together before God for their persecuted middle-eastern brethren-in-Christ

Pope Leo XIII crafted Latin riddles for Roman magazine (CNS)

Leo XIII created lengthy riddles, known as “charades,” which were published anonymously in a Rome newspaper

Benedict XVI greets the faithful during a visit to Carpineto Romano yesterday marking the 200th anniversary of Leo XIII's birth (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 06/09/10

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

Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun (CNS photo/Paul Yeung)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 29/07/10

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But Pope Benedict will have to live to 2020 to surpass the oldest pope in history, Leo XIII.