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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

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 at Westminster Cathedral last week   (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

Archbishop Nichols celebrates Chrism Mass at Westminster Cathedral

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

Children entertain elderly

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

Archbishop Peter Smith celebrates Chrism Mass at St George’s Cathedral last week  (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

Archbishop Peter Smith celebrated the Mass last Wednesday

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

Five Year 8 pupils gain scholarships

The Year 7 pupils who took part in the sponsored silence

Pupils’ silence is golden

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

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

Ratcliffe College wins final at Loughborough Rugby club

Ciara Stevens of St Paul’s Catholic Primary School presents flowers to Sylvia Wright

Yorkshire welcomes Sylvia

A nurse who sold all her worldly goods to help look after the poor, sick and disabled in southern India returns to Yorkshire