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Power of prayer: Contemplative cloisters coming to Crimea?

Mar 14, 2015 - 04:57 pm .- It’s been one year since fighting broke out in Ukraine. The death toll has surpassed 6,000. Almost 1 million people have been displaced. And a February ceasefire agreement with Russia has created only a tenuous halt in hostilities, leaving the future uncertain.

Faith in the time of annexation: A tough choice for Crimea's Church

Nov 4, 2014 - 04:01 am .- Since Russia's annexation of Crimea in March, religious groups there – aside from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) – are facing persecution, and restrictions on their ministry.

Cardinal Dolan: Ukraine 'flowing with blood,' America must speak up

Sep 17, 2014 - 01:51 pm .- Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York has urged U.S. Catholics to listen to the “chilling” pleas of Greek-Catholic bishops who say Ukraine is “flowing with blood” due to the Russian military’s actions.

Catholics in Ukrainian border diocese face suffering, uncertainty

Sep 9, 2014 - 04:55 am .- For Catholics in the southeast Ukrainian Diocese of Odessa-Simferopol, ongoing Russian control of Crimea has created serious challenges and “incredible devastation,” a local bishop said.  

Russian prison chaplain witnesses stories of conversion, hope

May 15, 2014 - 04:01 am .- Despite its challenges, prison ministry in the Russian Federation is an important apostolate, changing lives and leading to conversions, a local Orthodox priest recounted to a Catholic charity.

Pope Francis' meeting with Putin zeros in on Middle East

Nov 27, 2013 - 12:03 am .- Pope Francis and Russian president Vladimir Putin's first-ever meeting this week mostly focused on the Middle East, particularly on the ongoing Syrian conflict.

Pope Francis to meet with Vladimir Putin

Nov 11, 2013 - 03:48 pm .- Pope Francis will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Nov. 25 at the Vatican, according to the director of the Holy See’s Press Office, Father Federico Lombardi.

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