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Pope Francis waves to the crowd in Mexico City's main square, the Zocalo (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 15/02/16

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

Pope Francis and the Patriarch Kirill sign a joint declaration on religious unity at Jose Marti aiport in Havana (AP)

The Russian patriarch, not Pope Francis, has the most reason to be satisfied after the Havana meeting and joint statement

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill (AP/Alexander Khitrov)

Pope Francis will meet with Patriarch Kirill on February 12 in Cuba

Pskov-Caves Monastery, near Estonia: ‘A new world suddenly opened up for us’ (Wikipedia)

Everyday Saints and Other Stories is fascinating collection of tales about the Orthodox monks in the Pskov Caves Monastery

Pope Francis preaches at a morning Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae  (CNS)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 08/01/15

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

An Eastern Orthodox Church in Antartica (AP)

Everyday Saints and Other Stories recounts how a student and his friends turned to religion

Russian President Vladimir Putin, attends the Orthodox Christmas service at a cathedral in the village of Otradnoye, Voronezh region, Russia. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, pool)

Vladimir Putin’s holy war

Some traditionalist websites praise Putin as the chief enemy of a Satanic new world order

Officials inspect the wreckage of the passenger jet which came down on Saturday in Sinai  (AP)

The Pope sent a telegram conveying his condolences to President Putin and the Russian people

Russian President Vladimir Putin (AP)

Astonishingly, the Russian Orthodox Church has backed Putin’s bombing campaign

Senator John McCain, chairman of the US Senate Armed Services Committee (PA)

Archbishop Jacques Behnan Hindo has said the CIA has been training Syrian rebel groups which are ‘al-Qaeda under a different name’