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Young John Paul II with his father

The late pope’s father was instrumental in forming Karol Wojtyła’s faith

Sant'Egidio founder Andrea Riccardi greets the Pope yesterday (AP)

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ISIS fighters have been responsible for nakedly sectarian violence against Christians and Shia Muslims

The persecuted minority face mass murder under the rule of ISIS

St Anthony by Bernado Strozzi

A mesmerising digital reconstruction of the saint’s visage reminds us what it means to be human

Hillary Clinton (AP)

As president, Mrs Clinton would be a fervent supporter of so-called ‘abortion rights’

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

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The body of St Pio lies in the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie (AP)

In 1964, Pope Paul VI lifted the unjust and severe restrictions on Padre Pio’s ministry

Islamic State fighters in Fallujah (AP)

Mosul, Iraq’s second city, is now free of Christians for the first time in 1,800 years

Members of the jihadist group Islamic State (AP)

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'The pill seems to be the medically miraculous answer to the fear of an unwanted baby' (PA)

And this confusion is rooted in the arrival of the Pill in the early 1960s