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Bishop: Ukrainian Church battling to remain legal in Crimea

Pro-Russia protesters scuffle with the police at the regional government building in Donetsk, Ukraine (CNS)

Bishop Dzyurakh says situation in Crimea remains “tense and dangerous” for Catholic clergy

Priest: Ukrainian Catholics flee Crimea to escape threats of arrest

Father Milchakovskyi said that he and his family and at least two-thirds of his parishioners have left for Ukrainian-controlled territory on the advice of Archbishop Shevchuk (pictured above) (CNS)

‘The new government here is portraying us all as nationalists and extremists,’ said Father Milchakovskyi

Ukrainian Catholics fear ‘new oppression’ after Russian takeover

Uniformed men, believed to be Russian servicemen, walk in formation near a Ukrainian military base in Crimea (CNS)

Father Mykhailo Milchakovskyi described the atmosphere as tense

Catholic leaders praise missionaries in Central African Republic

A French soldier patrols near a burning house at a village in Bossangoa, Central African Republic (CNS)

Priests and nuns have remained in the country during the current conflict, despite offers of evacuation.

Clergy have vital role to play in helping stamp out the fires of Kiev

Orthodox priests pray as they stand between pro-European Union activists and police lines in central Kiev last week (AP)

Catholic and Orthodox leaders can help bring the crisis in Ukraine to a peaceful end

Cardinal defends publication of Blessed John Paul II’s private notebooks

Blessed John Paul II's notebooks are set to be published on February 5

Former personal secretary to the late Pontiff says that ‘it would be a crime to destroy’ the documents

How will Francis handle Hollande?

François Hollande meets representatives of France’s Catholics, Protestants, Orthodox Christians, Jews, Muslims and Buddhists at the Élysée Palace last year             (AP)

When the Pope receives the French president at the Vatican today the conversation may be a little awkward

Church entering ‘new era’ under Pope Francis, top papal adviser says

Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga of Tegucigalpa (CNS)

Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga has said that the Church is entering a new era

Belgian bishops criticise vote to allow children to choose euthanasia

Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard (CNS)

‘I hope the political class will be persuaded to reflect,’ says Archbishop Leonard

Church leaders in Central African Republic tell of humanitarian crisis in capital city

A youth squats inside a burned out car in Bangui Below: Displaced civilians at the 40-acre diocesan compound in Bossangoa (CNS)

Thousands of civilians take shelter in churches, but parishes struggling to cope