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The next event is a vigil at Circus Maximus tonight

The coffin containing the body of Pope John Paul II is exhumed ahead of his beatification (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters)

His casket is placed before the tomb of St Peter

Casket is placed in front of the tomb of St Peter ahead of beatification

Workers in St Peter's Square prepare for Sunday's beatification (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

George Weigel says it will be several hundred years before the Church ‘takes on board’ the depth and breadth of the late pope’s teaching

John Paul II's greatest achievement was to defend the stable and objective character of Catholic teaching (Photo: CNS)

It will take 100 years to recover from the 1960s and 70s: but John Paul set us back on course

Blessed John Paul II's notebooks are set to be published on February 5

Blessed encounters with John Paul II

In meetings with the Polish pope over 25 years Fr Michael Collins got to see a side of him that most people never saw

John Paul II greets a crowd while on holiday in Val D'Aosta, Italy (CNS/ Arturo Mari)

Or did he fail to tackle the deepest problems of the Church?

Images of the late pope outside a souvenir shop in his hometown of Wadowice, Poland (CNS photo/Kacper Pempel, Reuters)

The blood was drawn from the late pope by his personal physician in case he ever needed a transfusion

John Paul II’s face has flooded the Eternal City with posters and souvenirs of all kinds and for all tastes

Pope John Paul II attends an interreligious encounter in Assisi, Italy, in 1986

The Devil’s Advocate has a necessary task but the late Pope’s virtues outweigh his faults and errors of judgement