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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)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 30/10/12

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

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)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 19/01/12

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

The Duchess of York has been charged by a Turkish court over a covert film she made for a documentary about the country's orphanages (PA photo)

This whole affair is one more example of how alien to the European mindset Turkish culture really is

Patriarch Bartholomew I meets European Commission president José Manuel Barroso (AP Photo/Murad Sezer, Pool)

I wonder why Brussels isn’t interested? Maybe it approves

Pope Benedict XVI waves as he arrives to celebrate an outdoor Mass in Zagreb's hippodrome (CNS photo/Marko Djurica, Reuters)

Pope tells 400,000 in Zagreb that exemplary Christian families ‘are more necessary and urgent than ever’