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The Coliseum in Rome, built during the reign of Emperor Vespasiano in  c.72 AD (Photo: PA)

A society in decline, religion as counter-culture, and mass immigration are just some of issues that link us to the Roman Empire

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”

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George (Photo: CNS)

Couples must not persuade themselves of the need to limit the size of their families

A choir sings as pilgrims prepare for the World Youth Day closing Mass  (Photo: CNS)

Putting down my camera phone allowed me to share a truly special moment with Pope Francis and my fellow volunteers

Pilgrims walk along Copacabana Beach on the last day of World Youth Day (AP)

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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

The Way of the Cross on Copacabana Beach (AP)

This World Youth Day we will ‘Go and make disciples of all nations’

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

Pope Francis with Rio police: the battke against drugs is a huge burden on authorities (AP Photo)

No Catholic should contradict the Pope, but drug legalisation would save lives