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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

Vatican Cardinal Kurt Koch (CNS)

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill says dialogue with Catholics is now ‘essential’

Pope Francis shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a private audience. Below: The pair sit down for talks (CNS and video via Rome Reports )

Peace in the Middle East top of the agenda as Pontiff welcomes Russian President to the Vatican

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

Francis delivers the Angelus address yesterday (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

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Guards salute as cardinals arrive for the first General Congregation meeting (AP)

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Russia Annunciation

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Pope Benedict XVI looks at a white dove that was freed at the end of the Angelus prayer yesterday (AP Photo/Osservatore Romano)

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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