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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’

Orthodox patriarchs and primates at the Orthodox Academy of Crete (CNS)

Pope Francis sent a message of support ahead of the opening of the Pan-Orthodox Council

Pope Francis offers a meditation on mercy at St Paul Outside the Walls Basilica yesterday (AP)

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Cardinal Tagle: 'The market alone cannot guarantee integral human development and social inclusion' (CNS)

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Pope Francis celebrates Mass for the Jubilee of Deacons in St Peter's Square (AP)

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A man carries a child after last week's airstrikes on Aleppo (Photo: Validated UGC via AP video)

The longer we put off dealing with failed states, the harder it becomes

Orthodox pilgrims hold candles during the Holy Fire ceremony in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre on April 30 (AP)

Fr Gennady Zaridze is seeking scientific proof that the fire emanates from God

A painting of Mary and the Christ Child is is seen in 2014 at the damaged St Thecla Orthodox monastery in the predominantly Christian town of Maaloula, Syria (CNS photo/Youssef Badawi, EPA)

Project is the ‘first concrete outcome’ of the Pope’s meeting with Patriarch Kirill

A man stands in front his damaged house after shelling in the Ukrainian town of Makeevka (CNS)

The two-year-old war has caused thousands of deaths and forced more than one million people to seek refuge abroad

The Mossack Fonseca law firm, at the The Arango Orillac Building, in Panama City (AP)

The sheer volume of the Panama Papers will not only ensure that this saga will run and run, but it will also provide protection for many of those involved