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Armed men, believed to be Russian servicemen, march outside a Ukrainian military base in Crimea (CNS)

Pope Francis meets privately with the head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church at the Vatican

Uniformed men, believed to be Russian servicemen, walk in formation near a Ukrainian military base in Crimea (CNS)

Father Mykhailo Milchakovskyi described the atmosphere as tense

Msgr Stephen Hrynuck, a priest of the Ukrainian Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia, who died last week (CNS)

Msgr Stephen Hrynuck was known as ‘the holy little priest from the Church with the golden domes’

A person holds a mock Oscar as Francis arrives for his general audience (AP)

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Pope Francis meets Sviatoslav Shevchuk, Major Archbishop of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church  at the Vatican, in November 2013. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Pope asks for prayers for Ukraine

Pope Francis urged the international community to promote dialogue

Mourners carry a large wooden crucifix past a barricade during a memorial procession in Independence Square in Kiev Below: Archbishop Shevchuk speaking in Rome (CNS)

Head of country’s Catholic Church believes protests have solidified Ukrainian’s commitment to democracy

A pro-European Union protester throws an object during clashes with Ukrainian riot police in Kiev, Ukraine 
(CNS) : Photo below (CNS) Riot police stand near a crucifix as smoke rises above Independence Square: (CNS) A woman cries as she and others appeal to Ukrainian police troops at the site of clashes with protesters in Kiev

Church leaders have called for an end to violence in Ukraine

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk (CNS)

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Orthodox priests pray as they stand between pro-European Union activists and police lines in central Kiev last week (AP)

Catholic and Orthodox leaders can help bring the crisis in Ukraine to a peaceful end