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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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Dutch Jesuit Father Frans van der Lugt who was killed in Syria in April (CNS)

Like Fr van der Lugt, Fr William Doyle made the ultimate sacrifice

The Monastery of Mar Sarkis in Maaloula, recently recaptured by the Syrian Army (CNS)

Britain’s foreign policy does nothing to help the persecuted Church

Pope Francis at this morning's Chrism Mass (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 17/04/14

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The author, centre, prepares for the procession

Finally I have fulfilled a long-held ambition to walk among the penitents in Valladolid

Benedict XVI and Pope Francis in St Peter's Basilica on February 22 (CNS)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 16/04/14

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