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Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople embrace during an ecumenical celebration in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem in May (CNS)

Meeting with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I and visit to Turkey-Iraq border could take place

'None of the doctrine was watered down to make it simpler' (CNS)

From the moment we approached the Church as a newly engaged couple Lida felt its warm embrace

People carry the  coffin of one of the victims of the mining disaster in Soma, Turkey (PA)

Pope was speaking during General Audience in St Peter’s Square

Russian President Vladimir Putin (PA)

Dangers to religion from too close a relationship to the state are vividly illustrated by Putin today

Woman reads prayer book at Cathedral in Beijing (CNS)

When will governments realise that religion is not their business and should not ever be their business?

Rageh Omaar host the BBC series, The Ottomans: Europe's Muslim Emperors (PA)

BBC series explores how the Suleiman the Magnificent submitted Sharia law to his own will

People walk through the Sultan Ahmed Square in Istanbul (PA)

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk was right to make a sharp break with Turkey’s imperial past

St George's Day celebrations in Swindon

We should be proud of our international soldier-saint

A boy rides his bicycle past damaged buildings in Syria (Photo: CNS)

Camp to be built near monastery in Turkish town of Midyat

French Justice Minister Laurent Dominati during a discussion of the European Court of Human Rights (PA)

Tyrannical governments, unlike our own, just ignore the ECHR when they don’t like its judgments