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Patriarch Kirill blesses the congregation during the consecration of the Cathedral of the Dormition (AP)

The patriarch met the Queen and Archbishop of Canterbury during his time in London

The American intervention might have made things worse, but it was the last chance to stop Assad and his allies (AP)

if America had overthrown the Assad regime three years ago, there might have been a chance of ending the carnage

The Mossack Fonseca law firm, at the The Arango Orillac Building, in Panama City (AP)

The sheer volume of the Panama Papers will not only ensure that this saga will run and run, but it will also provide protection for many of those involved

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill attend a reception marking the 1000th anniversary of the death of Grand Prince Vladimir in 2015 (Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA-Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russia is isolated and fighting two wars, and its leaders recognise that, diplomacy-wise, the Pope has many divisions

Russian President Vladimir Putin, attends the Orthodox Christmas service at a cathedral in the village of Otradnoye, Voronezh region, Russia. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, pool)

Vladimir Putin’s holy war

Some traditionalist websites praise Putin as the chief enemy of a Satanic new world order

Officials inspect the wreckage of the passenger jet which came down on Saturday in Sinai  (AP)

The Pope sent a telegram conveying his condolences to President Putin and the Russian people

Archbishop Jeanbart (Aid to the Church in Need)

Christians in the Middle East feel frustration at Britain’s foreign policy

Senator John McCain, chairman of the US Senate Armed Services Committee (PA)

Archbishop Jacques Behnan Hindo has said the CIA has been training Syrian rebel groups which are ‘al-Qaeda under a different name’

Vladimir Putin has outfoxed the West in the Middle East

America and Britain have helped to endanger minorities in the Middle East

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’