The belt of the Mother of God, believed by the Orthodox to have been worn by the Virgin Mary, has been brought to Russia from Mount Athos

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

Ed West meets Fr Michael Shields, the priest who exchanged the frozen wastes of Alaska for the post-Soviet wilderness of Siberia

Pope receives Russian president at the Vatican and exchanges gifts

Pope receives President Dmitry Medvedev at the Vatican

But we really don’t know; maybe I’m being guilty of wishful thinking

Archbishop Mennini is widely credited with improving relations with the Russian Orthodox

You don’t need to ask the experts for a solution to population decline. It stares one in the face: more babies