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Blessed John Paul II's notebooks are set to be published on February 5

Former personal secretary to the late Pontiff says that ‘it would be a crime to destroy’ the documents

A priest carrying a vial containing the blood of Blessed John Paul II (CNS)

Theory put forward that satanist group might be behind theft

Nine-year-old Syrian refugees at a camp in Jordan (AP)

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Bishop Álvaro del Portillo, the first Opus Dei prelate (CNS)

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Pope Francis announced the extraordinary synod in October last year  (CNS)

New members include Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal-designate Pietro Parolin

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pontiff holds two-hour private meeting with patriarchs and major archbishops of the Eastern Catholic churches

Father Marcial Maciel Degollado with Blessed John Paul II in 2000 (CNS)

Cardinal Dziwisz makes comments about the late Pope in new book

Pilgrims at Westminster Cathedral (Diocese of Westminster)

Pilgrims queue for hours at Westminster Cathedral to visit relics

Blessed John Paul II (CNS)

Like Leo the Great and Gregory the Great, he both exerted geopolitical influence and reasserted the teaching authority of the Holy See

Blessed John Paul II  (CNS)

Blessed John Paul II (October 22) played a decisive role at the Second Vatican Council