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Pope Francis referred to the Synod on Marriage and Family at the canonisation ceremony (PA)

Pope Francis’s homily yesterday seemed to be an insight into the upcoming Synod on Marriage and Family

Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

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St John Paul II during his 1981 trip to the Philippines (CNS)

If any figure deserves to be ‘fast-tracked’ to canonisation, it is the fast-tracker himself

Russian President Vladimir Putin (PA)

Dangers to religion from too close a relationship to the state are vividly illustrated by Putin today

David Cameron during a visit to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem (Photo: CNS)

Rather than retreat to the catacombs, we should confidently proclaim the stupendous truths of the Creed

Young woman greets Pope John Paul II during event with youths in 2004 (CNS)

He re-established the simple but immense fact of the Church’s authority to declare the objective truth of Catholic doctrine

The exhumed body of St. Padre Pio lies in a glass sepulchre in the crypt of the saint's shrine in San Giovanni Rotondo, southern Italy, April 24. The body of Padre Pio, who died in 1968, will be on display until at least September. (CNS photo/Alessandro Bianchi, Reuters) (April 24, 2008)

Fr Wojtyla was the only person that Padre Pio ever told about his most painful and bloody wound

Woman looks at an poster showing three popes outside a shop in Rome (CNS)

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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”