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Blessed John Paul II during his 1981 trip to the Philippines (Photo: CNS)

If any figure deserves to be ‘fast-tracked’ to canonisation, it is the fast-tracker himself

Floribeth Mora Diaz, diagnosed with a brain aneurysm in 2011, and Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi (Photo: CNS)

Costa Rican mother of four was told she only had a month to live

CafePress sells papal paraphernalia for the whole family, including the dog

Popular items include Pope Francis ‘onesies’, T-shirts, cufflinks, shot glasses, and cocktail shakers

Nelson Mandela greets John Paul II  in Johannesburg in 1995 (AP)

Catholics supported former South African president’s struggle against apartheid

Pope Francis (AP)

The original statue of Our Lady of Fatima to be brought to the Vatican for Marian celebration

Floribeth Mora holds up the magazine featuring Blessed Pope John Paul II from which she says she heard his voice (Photo: PA)

Floribeth Mora Diaz recovered from apparently fatal illness after hearing voice of pope

Votive offerings thanking Blessed John XXIII for answered prayers  (CNS)

John XXIII died on June 3 1963

Pope Francis at St Paul Outside the Walls yesterday (AP)

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Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience (AP)

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A reliquary at Blessed Pope John Paul II's beatification ceremony in St Peter's Square (Photo: CNS)

Piece of cassock soaked in a vial of the late pope’s blood is being flown from Ireland today