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Vladimir Putin pushes the myth about the way Russia is being encircled by the West (PA)

Benedict XVI spoke presciently about the ‘dictatorship of relativism’

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

Dr Ezekiel J. Emanuel (PA)

Life still has meaning even when you’re old

Pro-Russian separatists stand guard at a checkpoint near Donetsk, Ukraine (CNS)

‘People should realise what’s happening here has worldwide implications,’ says Bishop Dzyurakh

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill and  Vladimir Putin attend celebrations marking the 700th anniversary of St Sergius of Radonezh earlier this month

Francis’s ‘who am I to judge?’ line may have cooled the ecumenical ardour of the Russian Orthodox hierarchy

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