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Pope John Paul was a great pope – but that doesn’t mean he never made mistakes

John Paul II during a visit to Paris in 1980 (Photo: CNS)

His beatification is a declaration of his holiness, not his achievements

Morning Catholic must-reads: 20/01/11

Eduardo Verastegui with the award for Outstanding Performance of a Lead Latino Cast in a Motion Picture at the 2008 ALMA Awards (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 19/01/11

Pope Benedict XVI gives his blessing during the weekly general audience at the Vatican today (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

Morning Catholic must-reads: 18/01/11

Fr Keith Newton, Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, right, at yesterday's press conference (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

The beatification of Pope John Paul has surprised no one: but it is a great day for the Church

Pilgrims at the funeral Mass of John Paul II in St Peter's Square (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

By the time of his death, his greatness had become universally perceived

Morning Catholic must-reads: 17/01/11

Pope Benedict XVI waves at the faithful at the end of the Angelus (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

George VI, or ‘Bertie’, upheld a tradition of Christian kingship that may die out with Prince Charles

George VI, or 'Bertie', is played by Colin Firth in The King's Speech

Our future king thinks Christianity is just one of many faiths

Morning Catholic must-reads: 14/01/11

An image of yesterday's diaconal ordination of the three former Anglican bishops. They will be the first members of the world's first ordinariate (still from video by James Bradley)

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

Debate: Do inter-religious gatherings sow confusion among the faithful?

Representatives of 12 religions pray together during the World Day of Prayer for Peace, hosted by Pope John Paul II in Assisi (Photo: AP)

Or is it worth running the risk in order to unite the world’s religions in the cause of peace?

If you really think you’re more Catholic than the pope, you’re on your way to the funny farm

John Paul II prays at Santa Maria degli Angeli in Assisi with representatives of 12 world religions (AP Photo)

The interfaith pilgrimage to Assisi doesn’t compromise a single Catholic belief