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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 convoy of Ukrainian armored vehicles move towards the front line (PA)

The worst case scenario is to offend both sides, while giving the Russian president a propaganda coup

The Pope and President will meet for the second time next week (PA)

Ukranian Catholics hope he will raise the war in their homeland

Marchers in Moscow protest against the murder of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov (AP)

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Cologne Cathedral, Germany's most visited sight (AP)

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

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Hillary Clinton: the next president of the United States?

As president, Mrs Clinton would be a fervent supporter of so-called ‘abortion rights’

Patriarch Kirill doesn’t want large sections of his flock looking westwards

The Russian Orthodox Church cannot afford to alienate Ukrainians as it bids for primacy within the Orthodox world

Archbishop of Kaigama of Jos (CNS)

Archbishop Kaigama is prepared to defend the unfashionable

Vatican Cardinal Kurt Koch (CNS)

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill says dialogue with Catholics is now ‘essential’