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The way has been prepared for the beatification of Italian, Romanian and Hungarian priests

Fr Franz Stock in an undated photo (CNS photo/courtesy franz-stock.org)

Man in San Francisco declared cancer free after family prayed to German Army chaplain Fr Franz Stock

Palafox overcame a troubled childhood to become viceroy of Mexico

Faithful cheer as they crowd St. Peter's square at the beatification of Pope John Paul II (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

John Paul II is blessed!

Pope Benedict XVI has beatified the late Pope John Paul II in Rome today

Archbishop Nichols at this year's Easter Vigil in Westminster Cathedral (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

The full text of our interview with Archbishop Vincent Nichols ahead of the beatification of Pope John Paul II

The giant image is unveiled days before beatification ceremony

Barack Obama walks past a portrait of Archbishop Oscar Romero in San Salvador's Metropolitan Cathedral (CNS photo/Kevin Lamarque, Reuters)

Barack Obama visited the grave of Oscar Romero today. That worries me

Green balloons reading "Yes to life" are held by pro-life activists during Pope Benedict XVI's Angelus address yesterday (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)

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

Rome is already making preparations to welcome around two million pilgrims

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

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