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Francis hands a copy of the bull of indiction of the Holy Year of Mercy to a Vatican official (AP)

Pope says Holy Year of Mercy is ‘a time to offer everyone the way of forgiveness and reconciliation’

An image of Jesus of Divine Mercy in St Peter's Square (Photo: CNS)

During Eastertide many souls are released to heaven. They need our prayers as they cannot help themselves

Pope John Paul II laughs while speaking with Italian Cardinal Camillo Ruini on board a papal flight in 1991.  (CNS)

As we approach the canonisations of John XXIII and John Paul II on Sunday, we remember five important aspects of the saints’ lives

Cities with cinemas broadcasting the ceremony include London, Liverpool, Edinburgh and Newcastle

Cinemas in major cities in England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland gives people chance to watch the historic event in 2D or 3D

Benedict and Francis at the Mater Ecclesiae monastery at the Vatican (CNS)

Pope Francis and his predecessor met publicly for the second time since his election