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Catholic Herald view: Francis showed power of the personal touch in Holy Land

Pope Francis embraces Rabbi Abraham Skorka and Omar Abboud (AP)

The trip showed Francis’s remarkable persuasiveness is rooted in a gift for friendship

Catholic Herald View: Pope Francis’s Holy Land visit will be his greatest test yet

Members of the Catholic clergy hold candles as they take part in a procession at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (CNS)

This Sunday the successors of Patriarch Athenagoras and Paul VI will mark the 50th anniversary of an event which may have quietly altered the trajectory of Christian history

Catholic Herald View: Five reasons to give thanks for our new papal saints

Pope John Paul II laughs while speaking with Italian Cardinal Camillo Ruini on board a papal flight in 1991.  (CNS)

As we approach the canonisations of John XXIII and John Paul II on Sunday, we remember five important aspects of the saints’ lives

In just six months Pope Francis has shaken up the world

Pope Francis (AP)

The Holy Father has prompted millions to re-examine their prejudices about the Church

Catholic Herald View: Pope Francis’s plain speaking is perfect for our age

Pope Francis addresses journalists on his flight from Rio de Janeiro (Photo: CNS)

The Holy Father is challenging the defensiveness that has so harmed the Church’s mission