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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

Russian President Vladimir Putin (AP)

Astonishingly, the Russian Orthodox Church has backed Putin’s bombing campaign

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’

Soldiers of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic movement ride tanks as they withdraw from the front line outside Luhansk, Ukraine (CNS)

‘The time for cautious diplomacy is at an end,’ Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk has said

Pope Francis speaks during Vespers at St Patrick's Cathedral in New York (AP)

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Pope Francis (CNS)

The former metropolitan of Iraq, Jordan and Russia was elected patriarch last week

Ukrainian servicemen march with flags during the celebration of the  24th anniversary of Ukraine's independence from the Soviet Union in Kiev (CNS)

Francis urged a ‘response to the humanitarian emergency in the country’ during his address to crowds in St Peter’s Square on Sunday

Joseph Stalin with Svetlana in 1936. He wrought havoc with her emotions

Stalin’s Daughter explores the life of the woman whose father’s infamous legacy following her around the globe

Residents near Kramatorsk, Ukraine, queue for water after a shelling destroyed their water supply (Photo: CNS)

Bishop Sobilo says his country faces its worst crisis since the Second World War

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk meets Pope Francis in November 2013 (AP)

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk says nations are neglecting 1994 security agreement