Russia

The synod requires some delicate diplomacy for the Vatican, which under this pontificate has made numerous efforts to strengthen relations with Russia, notably signing a joint declaration with Patriarch Kirill of Moscow during Pope Francis’ February 2016 visit to Havana.
The Editors August 09, 2019
Restoring public trust in the way we elect our political leaders is an immediate task.
Pope Francis talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a private audience at the Vatican July 4, 2019. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) 
Catholic News Service July 05, 2019
Pope Francis welcomed Russian President Vladimir Putin to the Vatican July 4. Russia plays a major role in conflicts in Ukraine and Syria.
Gerard O’Connell June 05, 2019
The fact that they are meeting for a third time shows that Putin considers Pope Francis an influential player and moral authority on the global stage.
Authorities in Vladivostok, the largest city in far eastern Russia, are planning to erect a gigantic statue of Jesus Christ on a site once designated for a monument of Vladimir Lenin.
Catholics in Ukraine said people fear a full-scale war with Russia, after a naval confrontation prompted the imposition of martial law in Ukraine's eastern regions.