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A gay rights activist  is kicked as he lies on the ground in front of Moscow 
City Hall

A wave of attacks on gay people is sweeping Russia. and local Church leaders, fearful of western influence, are not addressing it

Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, president of Indonesia, Vladimir Putin and Francois Hollande (Photo: PA)

In a letter Pope Francis asks G20 leaders to give up ‘futile’ idea of military intervention

King Abdullah II of Jordan will meet Pope Francis this week (PA)

Pontiff to interrupt summer break for talks in Rome

A detail from a modern icon depicting St George

St George (April 23) is patron saint not only of England, but also Russia, Palestine, Greece and Catalonia

Boris Berezovsky (Photo: PA)

Comparing the fate of the Russian oligarch and the life of Pope Francis is sad but instructive

Russia Putin

Russia’s demographic emergency

Russia’s population decline is a national emergency, and its attitude to abortion is to blame

The caring approach of Russian hospitals today stands in contrast to the forced birth policy of Ceaușescu (Photo: PA)

Fr Alexis Tarasov says that sometimes talking and listening to someone is all it takes

French Justice Minister Laurent Dominati during a discussion of the European Court of Human Rights (PA)

Tyrannical governments, unlike our own, just ignore the ECHR when they don’t like its judgments

Mother of God's belt comes to Moscow

The belt of the Mother of God, believed by the Orthodox to have been worn by the Virgin Mary, has been brought to Russia from Mount Athos

Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge exchange rings during their marriage ceremony (CNS photo/Dominic Lipinski, pool via Reuters)

The monarchy has great symbolic power: the royal couple could set a standard about the purpose and meaning of matrimony