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John Paul II during a visit to Paris in 1980 (Photo: CNS)

His beatification is a declaration of his holiness, not his achievements

Pope Benedict XVI gives his blessing during the weekly general audience at the Vatican today (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 19/01/11

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An image of yesterday's diaconal ordination of the three former Anglican bishops. They will be the first members of the world's first ordinariate (still from video by James Bradley)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 14/01/11

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A postcard of John Paul II is displayed at a shop in Rome near the Vatican (CNS)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 13/01/11

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Pope Benedict XVI delivers his annual 'state of the world' address to diplomats yesterday (AP Photo/Alessia Pierdomenico, Pool)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 11/01/11

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Pope Benedict XVI is pictured at the Epiphany Mass in St Peter's Basilica yesterday (Pier Paolo Cito/AP/Press Association Images)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 07/01/10

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According to the US columnist John Allen, Pope Benedict XVI will soon have named 21 of the 25 most senior officials in the Church (Photo: PA)

The bishops’ conferences could soon be beginning to look very different

The cover of the Italian version of Light of the World, pictured during a press conference at the Vatican on November 23 (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 22/12/10

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Pope Benedict XVI exchanges Christmas greetings with members of the Curia in the Regia Hall yesterday (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, Pool)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 21/12/10

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Pope Benedict XVI, centre, celebrates Mass at St Massimiliano Kolbe parish on the outskirts of Rome on Sunday (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 13/12/10

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