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Pope Francis and Cardinal Agostino Vallini, the papal vicar for Rome (Photo: CNS)

Famous preachers used to attract people far and wide – sadly that tradition no longer continues

Pope Francis greets the Italian bishops in St Peter's Basilica (AP)

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Cardinal Vallini spoke at the prayer vigil at the Circus Maximus in Rome on the eve of John Paul II's beatification (Eric Vandeville/ABACAPRESS.COM)

Suffering purified John Paul II like ‘gold in fire’, says cardinal at prayer vigil

Miles Jesu founder dismissed for ‘totally unacceptable’ behaviour

Miles Jesu founder suffered from serious mental and physical health problems