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Pope says meeting with Patriarch was a ‘conversation of brothers’

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill and Pope Francis pose for photos at the beginning of their meeting (CNS)

'I felt an interior joy that truly came from the Lord,' the Pope tells reporters

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill and Pope Francis pose for photos at the beginning of their meeting (CNS)

Pope says meeting with Patriarch was a ‘conversation of brothers’

‘I felt an interior joy that truly came from the Lord,’ the Pope tells reporters

Patriarch Kirill and Pope Francis embrace at José Martí International Airport in Havana (AP)

Full text: Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill’s joint declaration

‘Catholics and Orthodox are called to work together fraternally in proclaiming the Good News of salvation’

Pope Francis meets Patriarch Kirill at Jose Marti International airport in Havana (AP)

As it happened: Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill sign historic joint declaration

The Pope and Patriarch have met for the first time in Havana

The historic meeting between Patriarch Kirill and Pope Francis in Havana (AP)

‘We are brothers,’ Pope Francis tells Patriarch Kirill

Patriarch Kirill is overheard telling the Pope: ‘Things are easier now’

Pope Francis meets Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill at Jose Marti International airport in Havana (AP)

Watch: Pope Francis meets Patriarch Kirill

First meeting of a pope and Russian patriarch takes place in Havana

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St Valentine is the patron of love, young people and happy marriages (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

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Bishop Philip Egan (Photo: Mazur/

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Police officers stand near a Pope Francis cutout in the center of town in Ciudad Juarez, (AP Photo/Ivan Pierre Aguirre)

Mexican prison riot leaves 52 dead on eve of papal visit

Pope Francis arrives in the country today and will visit a once-notorious prison on Wednesday

Patriarch Kirill arrives at the Jose Marti International Airport in Havana on Thursday (AP)

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Pope Francis exchanges gifts with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi at the Vatican (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

Pope Francis urges Iraqi leader to protect rights of Christians

The Pope and Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi talked about the importance of reconciliation

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Northern Ireland assembly rejects abortion up until birth

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a rally at Clemson University (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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A card with an image of Pope Francis is seen  next to images of the Our Lady of Guadalupe at a store close to the the basilica in her name in Mexico City.  (CNS photo/Carlos Garcia Rawlings, Reuters)

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Patriarch Kirill will be trying to push Constantinople further into the shade (Photo: AP)

Francis is walking into a Russian minefield

The meeting between the Pope and Patriarch Kirill is unprecedented, but the Russian Orthodox leader will come armed with his own political agenda

Dr Bennet Omalu with Will Smith: ‘The NFL tried to exterminate me professionally’ (Photo: AP)

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A new film tells the story of a Nigerian doctor who linked brain damage to American football. His faith gave him the strength to stand up for the truth

Sister Theresa dyed her hair and went off to college determined to be “an intelligent, urbane atheist who would show the world that being a good person did not require imaginary gods.”

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Refugees and migrants walking into Croatia. The continent is in crisis due to EU inaction (Kyodo)

There is a strong Catholic case for Brexit

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'People who give up something pleasurable are often frowned upon for doing so' (AP)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill attend a reception marking the 1000th anniversary of the death of Grand Prince Vladimir in 2015 (Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA-Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

What does the Patriarch – and Putin – have to gain from meeting the Pope?

Russia is isolated and fighting two wars, and its leaders recognise that, diplomacy-wise, the Pope has many divisions

A painting of St Apollonia holding pliers and a large molar (Wellcome Library)

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A man reaches for the box containing the mortal remains of Padre Pio (AP)

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