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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

A cemetery for the unborn in Moscow. The inscriptions are what the unborn children might have achieved: one reads 'famous writer' (AP)

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow is among 300,000 signatories to a new pro-life petition

Bolshevik forces marching on the Red Square 1917

A dramatic narrative account of the Russian Revolution is appalling and riveting at the same time

Pope Francis speaks at a meeting with Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili (CNS)

More than 230,000 people are still displaced by conflict over control of South Ossetia

An Italian Carabinieri police officer salutes as Pope Francis arrives to board an airplane in Rome's Fiumicino international airport, on his way to Tbilisi, Georgia. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

The visit shows improved ties between the Holy See and the two former Soviet republics

Ukraine's then-President Viktor Yushchenko, right, and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill in 2009 (PA)

Ukraine’s Orthodox Church could split the two great Patriarchates of Moscow and Constantinople. Unless they turn to Rome

Consigned to the scrapbook: Ukrainian child drug addicts helped by a pastor

Almost Holy is a compelling documentary that explores the controversial work of Pastor Gennadiy Mokhnenko, but the return of David Brent is a dispiriting affair

People walk past a statue of Soviet Union founder Vladimir Lenin during a celebration of his 145th birthday at the Lenin Hut Museum at Razliv lake, outside St Petersburg, Russia (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

The roll-call of heroes and saints shows just how much courage you needed to live out your faith

The father of a man who was killed by ISIS attends a service in the Virgin Mary Church near Cairo (CNS)

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