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Pope Francis and Martin Schulz, president of the European Parliament (Photo: PA)

Address will be the first by a pope in Strasbourg since 1988

Bishop Borys Gudziak, eparch of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Eparchy of Paris

Bishop Gudziak said the EU should show it is ‘serious about what it stands for’

Mourners carry a large wooden crucifix past a barricade during a memorial procession in Independence Square in Kiev Below: Archbishop Shevchuk speaking in Rome (CNS)

Head of country’s Catholic Church believes protests have solidified Ukrainian’s commitment to democracy

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

A gay rights activist  is kicked as he lies on the ground in front of Moscow 
City Hall

A wave of attacks on gay people is sweeping Russia. and local Church leaders, fearful of western influence, are not addressing it

Ukrainian Catholic leader Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk (CNS)

Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk says EU is ‘like a teenager … who needs a Christian education’

European Union flags wave in Brussels (AP)

The EU has adopted new guidelines on promoting religious freedom

Pumpkins are sold at a roadside stall near the Polish capital Warsaw (AP)

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The man who killed Scottish independence?    AP Photo/Virginia Mayo

If Scotland left the United Kingdom it would automatically leave the European Union, says EU parliament

Benedict XVI at this morning's general audience (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

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