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

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk says nations are neglecting 1994 security agreement

Barack Obama meets Pope Francis at the Vatican on March 27, 2014 (AP)

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A Russia-backed rebel crosses himself in front of the cross (AP Photo/Mstyslav Chernov)

‘The cease-fire is being violated’, Catholic leader says

The statue of Our Lady of Fatima is carried during a candlelit vigil at the shrine in Portugal (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

“There is no fourth secret and there are no other hidden secrets,” says Cardinal Amato

Marchers in Moscow protest against the murder of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov (AP)

An authentic and menacing snapshot of a country in existential crisis

The Latvian capital Riga (AP Photo/Roman Koksarov)

Bishops don’t want to be drawn into ‘ideological warfare’, says spokesman

Pope Francis appeared to urge the bishops not to be drawn too deeply into politics (Photo: CNS)

Pope Francis says the conflict has caused ‘great suffering to the entire population’

Ukrainian soliders near Debaltseve, which was this week captured by pro-Russian forces (CNS)

The meeting in Rome follows strong criticism from Ukrainians of Francis’s portrayal of the conflict

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

Ukrainian government soldiers take a rest on the road between the towns of Dabeltseve and Artemivsk on Sunday (PA)

Bishops make plea for unity and independence for Ukraine