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St Pope John Paul II walks in the Dolomite mountains in 1996 (Photo: PA)

The idea of old age as the last stage in the journey to God is a source of great hope

A Pakistani Christian reads the Bible in the city of Peshawar (AP)

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Pope Pius XII, pictured in 1943, preparing to give a radio address (CNS)

Now the ‘Hitler’s Pope’ calumny has been so comprehensively discredited, there is no reason for Pope Pius’s cause to be obstructed any longer

Blessed John Paul II (Photo: CNS)

Pope Francis to make announcement on September 30

John Paul II prays before John XXIII's tomb in 1993 (AP)

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Benedict XVI, who was baptised Joseph, first approved the change (CNS)

Pope Francis confirmed the decision originally made by Benedict XVI

Pope Francis looks on during a meeting with Vatican diplomatic corps back in March (CNS)

Pope Francis has appealed to future diplomats not to be careerists