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Russian President Vladimir Putin (PA)

An attack on Lithuania might seem unlikely given that it s part of Nato, but Russia might risk it

Archbishop Gintaras Grusas of Vilnius in Lithuania (CNS)

‘We’re in the front line, and Russia has made its intentions clear,’ says Archbishop of Vilnius

Ukrainian soldiers in Donetsk guarded by Russian separatists  (CNS)

Speaking at European meeting, Archbishop Mamberti also condemns religious intolerance and anti-Semitism

Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I wave to the faithful in Istanbul (AP)

Francis meets refugees after issuing joint declaration with Patriarch Bartholomew

Pope Francis blesses the crowd at yesterday's Angelus (AP)

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Pro-Russian separatists stand guard at a checkpoint near Donetsk, Ukraine (CNS)

‘People should realise what’s happening here has worldwide implications,’ says Bishop Dzyurakh

Maradona met the Pope at last night's game (AP)

‘After being far from the Church, I am proud of returning to it after God took my mother,’ footballer says

Cardinal Gerhard Müller: 'We are not women gobblers!' (CNS)

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American-born Bishop Hlib Lonchyna (CNS)

Bishop Hlib Lonchyna endorses ‘heartfelt appeal’ by Ukrainian Greek Catholic Primate

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill and  Vladimir Putin attend celebrations marking the 700th anniversary of St Sergius of Radonezh earlier this month

Francis’s ‘who am I to judge?’ line may have cooled the ecumenical ardour of the Russian Orthodox hierarchy