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John Paul II beatification: live blog

A giant tapestry of John Paul II is displayed on the facade of St Peter's Basilica. It was unfurled after Benedict XVI declared John Paul II to be Blessed (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Catch up on our live coverage of the vigil, beatification and thanksgiving Mass

Cardinal Vallini’s reflections on John Paul II: full text

Cardinal Vallini spoke at the prayer vigil at the Circus Maximus in Rome on the eve of John Paul II's beatification (Eric Vandeville/ABACAPRESS.COM)

Suffering purified John Paul II like ‘gold in fire’, says cardinal at prayer vigil

Priest offers to talk to Real IRA after ‘execution’ threats

A member of the Real IRA reads out a statement on Monday  (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

Administrator of St Eugene’s Cathedral in Londonderry says group is offering ‘darkness and misery’ to its own people

Daily readings: May 1 – 7

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Archbishop Vincent Nichols celebrates Chrism Mass

Archbishop Vincent Nichols celebrates Chrism Mass at Westminster Cathedral last week   (Mazur/

Archbishop Nichols celebrates Chrism Mass at Westminster Cathedral

Children entertain elderly

Pictured with Irene Wright and Dorothy Heywood are staff and pupils of St Ambrose Preparatory School in their Second World War fancy dress

St Ambrose Preparatory School puts on concert for people who lived through the Second World War

Archbishop Smith celebrates Chrism Mass at Southwark

Archbishop Peter Smith celebrates Chrism Mass at St George’s Cathedral last week  (Mazur/

Archbishop Peter Smith celebrated the Mass last Wednesday

Grace Dieu pupils win senior school places

Pupils at Grace Dieu Manor School in Leicestershire, which has celebrated another year of high achievement

Five Year 8 pupils gain scholarships

Pupils’ silence is golden

The Year 7 pupils who took part in the sponsored silence

Pupils at St Paul’s Catholic High School take part in a day-long sponsored silence to raise money for the Japan Tsunami Appeal and Beat, a charity which helps people with eating disorders

Ratcliffe College rugby team wins County Plate

The proud members of Ratcliffe College’s County Plate-winning rugby team

Ratcliffe College wins final at Loughborough Rugby club