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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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Pope Francis appeared to urge the bishops not to be drawn too deeply into politics (Photo: CNS)

Pope Francis says the conflict has caused ‘great suffering to the entire population’

Ukrainian soliders near Debaltseve, which was this week captured by pro-Russian forces (CNS)

The meeting in Rome follows strong criticism from Ukrainians of Francis’s portrayal of the conflict

Russian President Vladimir Putin leaves after a meeting with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill last year (PA)

Putin is pushing the Patriarch to the brink

The Patriarch of Moscow laid the intellectual groundwork for Russia’s incursion into Ukraine. But now he is paying an exceedingly heavy price

Ukrainian government soldiers take a rest on the road between the towns of Dabeltseve and Artemivsk on Sunday (PA)

Bishops make plea for unity and independence for Ukraine