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Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople speaking ahead of the Pan-Orthodox Council (CNS)

The leaders said they hoped the Pan-Orthodox Council would become a regular event, taking place ‘every seven to 10 years’

Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, centre, speaks during a press conference (AP Photo/David Goldman)

The relationship between Church and State in Russia is far too close

Marchers in Moscow protest against the murder of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov (AP)

An authentic and menacing snapshot of a country in existential crisis

Clergyman lights candles at the site of the blast in Domodedovo airport near Moscow (Photo: AP/Sergey Ponomarev)

Benedict XVI condemns Moscow bombing

Pope expresses ‘deep pain’ at suicide bombing that killed 35 people