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The Prince of Wales made another visit to an Eastern congregation whose members have fled persecution that has intensified in recent years. Speaking to mainly Iraqi Chaldean Catholics gathered in Acton, west London, he warned that the availability online of footage of executions by jihadists could take “this so so-called modern age” “into the dark ages”.

On arriving in the Turkish capital Ankara at the start of his three-day visit to the country, Pope Francis immediately addressed the issue of the violence and terrorism that currently lays waste large tracts of Turkey’s neighbours, Syria and Iraq.

Pope Francis addressed the European Parliament and the Council Europe today in a whistle-stop trip to Strasbourg.

Pope Francis on 25 November addressed the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. The full text is below:

Your Eminence, Bishop, and Ladies and Gentlemen. Before I leave this wonderful Church I particularly wanted to thank Bishop Vahan for this really exquisite icon, I will treasure it for the rest of my life and I am hugely grateful. It will be a very special memento to my visit to you all here today.

Climate change and poverty were the focus of the 2014 lecture of the Cafod annual lecture. The speaker was Argentinian Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, who is Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and Social Sciences and a close friend of Pope Francis.

This week Cardinal Vincent Nichols' intervention to the synod, prepared well in advance of the gathering, was released.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols has said that cohabiting couples and those in second marriages often demonstrate lives of “real goodness” in a pastoral letter to mark the end of the Synod on the Family.

On Monday Pope Francis expanded the agenda of a consistory on the causes of saints – including that of Goa native and evangeliser of Sri Lanka, Blessed Joseph Vaz – to include discussion of the ongoing Middle East crisis.

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