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Ukrainian servicemen march with flags during the celebration of the  24th anniversary of Ukraine's independence from the Soviet Union in Kiev (CNS)

Francis urged a ‘response to the humanitarian emergency in the country’ during his address to crowds in St Peter’s Square on Sunday

Residents near Kramatorsk, Ukraine, queue for water after a shelling destroyed their water supply (Photo: CNS)

Bishop Sobilo says his country faces its worst crisis since the Second World War

Catholic Priest in Ukraine (PA)

A letter to the Ukrainian president said the constitutional amendment would ‘seriously threaten’ family life

Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky

The archbishop, who led the Ukrainian Church for 40 years, died four months into the Soviet occupation

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk meets Pope Francis in November 2013 (AP)

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk says nations are neglecting 1994 security agreement

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

A Russia-backed rebel crosses himself in front of the cross (AP Photo/Mstyslav Chernov)

‘The cease-fire is being violated’, Catholic leader says

People gather in Kiev to remember those killed in Ukrainian protests in 2014 (CNS)

$400,000 is being provided to relief programmes sponsored by the Catholic Church in Ukraine

Pope Francis during an encounter with the elderly in September (CNS)

Francis says it is ‘easy to put our consciences to sleep’ and not visit parents for months at a time

Cardinal George Pell's receipts have been leaked to L'Espresso magazine (CNS)

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