Pope Francis has suggested the blame for thousands of civilian deaths to Syria lies with foreign powers which provided the Assad regime with chemical weapons.

An group of former Anglicans in the west of England is hoping to become the first Ordinariate community in the country to buy its own church.

Heythrop College has announced it will not be admitting undergraduate students for September 2015.

Pope Francis on Sunday night revealed that he urged the Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan to condemn violence carried out in the name of Islam during a meeting at the start of his three-day visit to the country.

The Catholic Church is with you, Pope Francis told refugee children from Iraq and Syria at a meeting in Istanbul this afternoon.

An historic joint declaration signed this morning by Pope Francis and the Ecumenical Patriarch pledged to intensify efforts to secure full union between their two Churches and called for peace and reconciliation in the Middle East.

Full communion between the Catholic and Orthodox Churches is on the horizon, Pope Francis said this morning, in an impassioned call for unity that marked the feast day of the Patron Saint of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, St Andrew.

29 November 2014 | by Liz Dodd in Istanbul

Francis asks Patriarch to ‘bless me and the Church of Rome’

Pope Francis bowed to receive a kiss and the blessing of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew during a joint service of thanksgiving this evening in Istanbul.

29 November 2014 | by Liz Dodd in Istanbul

Pope to Turkish Christians: our diversity comes from God

Christian denominations must embrace their God-given diversity for the sake of unity, Francis told a congregation that included the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople during an intimate Mass for Istanbul's Catholics this afternoon.

29 November 2014 | by Liz Dodd in Istanbul |

Francis shares 'moment of silent adoration' alongside Grand Mufti

Pope Francis this morning visited two of Istanbul's great cultural landmarks, the Hagia Sofia museum that was orignally a church, and the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, where he stood in silent reflection beside the Grand Mufti of Istanbul in a moment of shared worship.

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