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Morning Catholic must-reads: 01/05/15

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and Pope Francis meet in June 2013 (AP)

Divisions between Christians “must not be seen as inevitable”, the Pope has told members of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (full text, video).

Francis will soon visit the Great Synagogue of Rome, the city’s Chief Rabbi Riccardo Di Segni has said.

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad “is a good man”, according to Aleppo Archbishop Jean-Clément Jeanbart.

Preparations for a pan-Orthodox council in 2016 are surrounded by “intrigues”, Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill has said.

Tom Gjelten meets the English Catholic archbishop who teaches Muslims about the Koran.

Scholars have published an Irish priest’s First World War diaries online (digital archive).

And the poor and elderly will be given VIP seats at a Vatican charity concert on May 14 (video).

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