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Ukrainian women hold peace placards near a military base in Ukraine's Crimea region in 2014 (CNS)

The Vatican released a message from the Pontiff to the head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church

Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of Kiev-Halych (CNS)

Archbishop Shevchuk had expressed the disappointment at the joint declaration signed by Francis and the Russian Orthodox patriarch

Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill sign the joint declaration in Cuba last Friday (AP)

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Pope Francis and the Patriarch Kirill sign a joint declaration on religious unity at Jose Marti aiport in Havana (AP)

The Russian patriarch, not Pope Francis, has the most reason to be satisfied after the Havana meeting and joint statement

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill attend a reception marking the 1000th anniversary of the death of Grand Prince Vladimir in 2015 (Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA-Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russia is isolated and fighting two wars, and its leaders recognise that, diplomacy-wise, the Pope has many divisions

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill (AP/Alexander Khitrov)

Pope Francis will meet with Patriarch Kirill on February 12 in Cuba

Archbishop Tobin leaves the office of Indiana Governor Mike Pence (AP)

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Pope Francis with African synod fathers outside the Vatican synod hall (Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

The synod fathers issued this appeal for peace at the end of the three-week family synod

Bishops arrive for a morning session of the family synod (AP)

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Soldiers of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic movement ride tanks as they withdraw from the front line outside Luhansk, Ukraine (CNS)

‘The time for cautious diplomacy is at an end,’ Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk has said