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Displaced people seek shelter at a Catholic church in Carnot, Central African Republic. Half of the population still need help, the country's bishops have said (Photo: PA)

Bishops criticise government for failing to turn ‘new page’ in country’s history

Petro Poroshenko has claimed outright victory in the presidential ballot (PA)

Ukrainian Catholic Church welcomes victory of billionaire confectionary tycoon

A sparrow rests on a barbed wire fence that surrounds prison where the bishop died

Bishop Durcovici was starved to death in 1951

A displaced boy holds a child as he sits on a bench on a 40-acre diocesan compound in Bossangoa (CNS)

Bishop says he and three parish priests narrowly escaped being killed by Islamist rebels

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

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