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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

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 end of Communism was extremely stressful, but Russians are finding their faith again (AP)

A quarter century after the Communist nightmare ended, it is the East where Christianity is rising again

'Tony Benn was certainly a content-rich politician, in contrast to the content-lite politicians who created New Labour' (PA)

If a society is to flourish then the secular arena must make room for religious viewpoints

Pope Pius XII (CNS)

The NCR’s scepticism is shared by the author of Hitler’s Pope: shouldn’t that in itself give pause for thought?

A page showing President Reagan's edits to his 'Evil Empire' speech (AP)

It was the détente policy dismantled by President Reagan which had placed us in danger: rearmament and confrontation which made us safe

Protestors in Edinburgh call for a referendum Clerkson/Demotix/Demotix/Press Association Images

The United Kingdom looks doomed, but much blame must be placed on Labour’s alienation of its natural constituency north of the border