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Blessed John Paul II will be canonised on April 27 (CNS)

Ahead of his canonisation, it is a timely moment to reflect on how Blessed John Paul has inspired us

Pope Francis (CNS)

The then-Cardinal Bergoglio reportedly came second in the 2005 conclave and is said to have been relieved he wasn’t elected on that occasion

Richard Dawkins (PA)

Judith Babarsky read Richard Dawkins’ book and Benedict XVI’s Jesus of Nazareth before converting to Catholicism

Pope Leo XIII is seen giving a blessing in a frame from an 1896 film in the Vatican Film Library (CNS)

The Vatican’s ‘Voices of the popes’ audio archive is a reason for rejoicing

Francis and Cristina Fernández de Kirchner exchange gifts at the Vatican (CNS)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 18/03/14

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

Pope Francis’s election

Vatican Television releases never-before-seen footage of Pope Francis on the day he was elected

Pope Francis is urging us to 'go forth' on mission (AP)

We are each called to spend time on our neighbours, drawing our strength from prayer

Pope Francis walks past musicians before a general audience (AP)

Pastoral bishops and priests must help the Pope if his desired changes are to be achieved

Pope Francis (CNS)

Radiating an absorption in the Gospel with unabashed simplicity is the Pope’s gift

Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung of Seoul (CNS)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 11/03/14

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