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Pope Francis attends a welcoming ceremony with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev (CNS)

Francis meets President Ilham Aliyev at end of three-day trip

Blessed Władysław Bukowiński

Cardinal Angelo Amato said Blessed Wladyslaw Bukowinski ‘showed how faith can bring down walls’

A depiction of communist-era martyrs in a Serbian Orthodox church in Podgorica (PA)

The author of a new study of Communist persecution tells me why these stories must be kept alive

People walk past a statue of Soviet Union founder Vladimir Lenin during a celebration of his 145th birthday at the Lenin Hut Museum at Razliv lake, outside St Petersburg, Russia (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

The roll-call of heroes and saints shows just how much courage you needed to live out your faith


Take a look inside this week’s Catholic Herald

A depiction of communist-era martyrs in a Serbian Orthodox church in Podgorica (PA)

When Christianity becomes a crime

I thought I knew what believers experienced under communism. But I was unprepared for a story of persecution comparable to the Roman Empire

Pskov-Caves Monastery, near Estonia: ‘A new world suddenly opened up for us’

A book about the life of monks in Pskov-Caves Monastery has become an unlikely bestseller

Russian President Vladimir Putin, attends the Orthodox Christmas service at a cathedral in the village of Otradnoye, Voronezh region, Russia. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, pool)

Vladimir Putin’s holy war

Some traditionalist websites praise Putin as the chief enemy of a Satanic new world order

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk championed Turkish women’s education and rights (PA)

Paul Ginsborg highlights the unhealthy family environment which seemed to nurture a number of dictators

Pope Francis meets Russian president Vladimir Putin in a private audience at the Vatican. Below, Ukrainians gather for the Pope's general audience (AP/CNS photos)

Pope Francis gave Putin a medallion of the ‘Angel of Peace’ at the Vatican yesterday