Poet and author Irina Ratushinskaya was imprisoned in a labour camp for four years

The cardinal said if the Vatican cannot get a ‘good deal’ from the Chinese government then it must walk away from negotiations

Mafia boss Bernardo Provenzano may have been able to quote scripture, but that’s no indication of his piety

Everyday Saints and Other Stories is fascinating collection of tales about the Orthodox monks in the Pskov Caves Monastery

In the land of IS, terror is once again the order of the day

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

When will governments realise that religion is not their business and should not ever be their business?

The post-modern idea that there is no such thing as historical fact, merely historical interpretations, is wrong

Peace in the Middle East top of the agenda as Pontiff welcomes Russian President to the Vatican

The North Korean dictator is rather similar to the man who founded the Church of England