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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)

Today’s Catholic must reads: 23/04/14

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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)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 22/04/14

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Cameron: does do God (PA)

David Cameron’s comments seem to have irritated some high-profile atheists, but no imams

We need more of these (CNS)

Let us hope other dioceses open their own houses of discernment

Chinese faithful celebrate Easter Mass at a patriotic church in Beijing (AP)

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