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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

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

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.

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

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

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

How will Francis handle Hollande?

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

Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga of Tegucigalpa (CNS)

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

Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard (CNS)

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

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

Archbishop Dieudonne Nzapalainga of Bangui, Central African Republic (CNS)

International community urged to help set up election body and investigate alleged crimes against humanity