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Russia's pious president (AP)

Russian leaders have always used the church for their own purposes

Alexander VI

Life is all about sex

Birth, copulation and death – I can see why we Catholics get accused of being obsessed

Russia Putin

Russia’s demographic emergency

Russia’s population decline is a national emergency, and its attitude to abortion is to blame

Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge exchange rings during their marriage ceremony (CNS photo/Dominic Lipinski, pool via Reuters)

The monarchy has great symbolic power: the royal couple could set a standard about the purpose and meaning of matrimony