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Pope John XXIII is famous for his encyclical Pacem Et Terris (CNS)

Pope John saw off the prophets of gloom

Upon the canonisation of this prophet of optimism and peace, we cannot help but see in him a fulfilment of the words of Jesus: ‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God!’

Those closest to Pope John Paul II regarded him as a truly great man (CNS)

Pope John Paul’s major achievement for the Church was to recover Pope John’s original purpose: to “guard” and to teach more efficaciously “the sacred deposit of Christian doctrine”

Pope Francis greets Bishop Juan Ignacio González Errázuriz

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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

Pope Francis greets the crowd before his general audience (AP)

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Anglican village churches often have dwindling congregations (PA)

If villages need a spiritual heart then churches should expose the Blessed Sacrament

Whatever Blair says, we cannot put aside differences with Russia and China (PA)

We cannot fight Islamism by siding with the forces of oppression

A woman looks at portraits of Shakespeare at the National Portrait Gallery in London

Generations of Englishmen have ignored or smothered the Bard’s ‘treacherous’ popery

John Paul II prays during a Mass in St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican in 2003 Below: John XXIII pictured in the Vatican Gardens (CNS)

A pair of saints to be proud of

John XXIII was very much a man of the people, while John Paul II lived the Gospel without compromise

Pope Francis waves during his Regina Caeli address yesterday (AP)

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