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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

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

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

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’