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Lou Reed, who passed away on Sunday (PA)

Cardinal tweets tribute to Lou Reed

Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi quotes lyrics of ‘Perfect Day’ in memory of the Velvet Underground singer

Pope Francis embraces Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor (Mazur)

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor reveals Pope was keen to “assert his respect for the Queen”

Three million people attend World Youth Day closing Mass on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro (CNS)

Pilgrims descended on Copacabana Beach to hear the Pope urge them to reach out to those on “the fringes of society”

A pilgrim prays in the early morning after the vigil (AP)

Miguel Cullen writes about his Saturday night spent on Copacabana Beach.

Protesters scuffle with police at Copacabana Beach (AP)

Despite the political protests in Rio one cannot escape the atmosphere of joy and holiness

Pope Francis greets pilgrims from Argentina inside Rio cathedral yesterday (CNS)

Miguel Cullen has just arrived in Rio and writes about his first impressions of World Youth Day 2013

Sally Read claims that she ‘didn’t write a good poem’ until she was 27. Critics compare her to Sylvia Path, but she feels closer to John Keats (Photo: Dino Ignani)

Miguel Cullen talks to Sally Read, a convert whose acclaimed poetry draws on her experiences as a psychiatric nurse in London

Two pages from the booklet

Commuters stuck on the London Underground now have a chance to meditate on the Passion

Staff at the CAFOD-run clinic have harrowing tales, including one woman who was forced to flee aged only 10

A woman presses a flower on a monument to the victims of El Salvador's civil war (PA photo)

But a Jesuit university is trying to help Salvadorans come to terms with their past