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Russian President Vladimir Putin leaves after a meeting with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill last year (PA)

Putin is pushing the Patriarch to the brink

The Patriarch of Moscow laid the intellectual groundwork for Russia’s incursion into Ukraine. But now he is paying an exceedingly heavy price

Pope Francis leaves St Peter's Basilica after celebrating the Mass for religious (AP/Andrew Medichini)

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Souvenirs marking the papal visit to Sri Lanka on display in a Catholic bookshop in Colombo (CNS)

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Displaced familes flee violence in Iraq (CNS)

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Cardinal Pell, prefect of the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy (CNS)

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A child hugs Francis at the end of his weekly audience (AP)

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Francis will signal his support for the Catholic charismatic movement (AP)

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Pope Francis prays with the Italian bishops yesterday (AP)

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Russian Orthodox Patriarch Patriarch Kirill (AP)

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Patriarch Kirill doesn’t want large sections of his flock looking westwards

The Russian Orthodox Church cannot afford to alienate Ukrainians as it bids for primacy within the Orthodox world