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Russian President Vladimir Putin (PA)

Dangers to religion from too close a relationship to the state are vividly illustrated by Putin today

Woman reads prayer book at Cathedral in Beijing (CNS)

When will governments realise that religion is not their business and should not ever be their business?

Pro-Russia protesters scuffle with the police at the regional government building in Donetsk, Ukraine (CNS)

Bishop Dzyurakh says situation in Crimea remains “tense and dangerous” for Catholic clergy

The 'absurd' billboard in America

The post-modern idea that there is no such thing as historical fact, merely historical interpretations, is wrong

Father Milchakovskyi said that he and his family and at least two-thirds of his parishioners have left for Ukrainian-controlled territory on the advice of Archbishop Shevchuk (pictured above) (CNS)

‘The new government here is portraying us all as nationalists and extremists,’ said Father Milchakovskyi

Bishop Borys Gudziak, eparch of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Eparchy of Paris

Bishop Gudziak said the EU should show it is ‘serious about what it stands for’

Armed men, believed to be Russian servicemen, march outside a Ukrainian military base in Crimea (CNS)

Pope Francis meets privately with the head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church at the Vatican

Uniformed men, believed to be Russian servicemen, walk in formation near a Ukrainian military base in Crimea (CNS)

Father Mykhailo Milchakovskyi described the atmosphere as tense

Mourners carry a large wooden crucifix past a barricade during a memorial procession in Independence Square in Kiev Below: Archbishop Shevchuk speaking in Rome (CNS)

Head of country’s Catholic Church believes protests have solidified Ukrainian’s commitment to democracy

Orthodox priests pray as they stand between pro-European Union activists and police lines in central Kiev last week (AP)

Catholic and Orthodox leaders can help bring the crisis in Ukraine to a peaceful end