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St Nicholas has become the Russian Orthodox Church’s most popular saint, credited with miracles and with preventing catastrophes in Russia

Diplomacy can disguise the fact that human beings are at the centre of international politics, however powerful their public status

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A Russian court found the 22-year-old blogger guilty after he played the game in a church

Russia’s Supreme Court declared Jehovah’s Witnesses an ‘extremist’ group and ordered the nationwide seizure of its property

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

If Russia and Iran withdrew their support from Damascus, Mr Assad would not survive the month

Putin knows he has to fight Islamist terror. But the Syrian involvement may have done more harm than good

Archbishop of Minsk, Belarus, said she made the remark after learning he was the Catholic Archbishop in Moscow

If you are opposed to the Church, is setting fire to its buildings the best argument that you can advance against it?