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Pope Francis focused on peace in his morning homily before leaving for Assisi (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

The Pope reflected on peace during his morning homily before travelling to Assisi

Pilgrims sing and dance in the rain prior to the opening Mass for World Youth Day (CNS)

St John Paul II’s former secretary preached to more than 200,000 pilgrims on Tuesday

On a recent trip to Mexico the Pope implored the youth to dare to dream (AP Photo/Fabio Frustaci)

Here are four ideas that have helped me move forward with my dream of making a difference in the Church

Cardinal Christoph Schonborn (right)  and Cardinal Lorenxo Baldisseri hold a copy of Pope Francis's apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia (CNS)

The cardinal presented the document during a press conference at the Vatican this morning

Take a look inside this week's magazine

A sneak preview of this week’s Catholic Herald

Fernando Cardenal was education minister in the Sandinista government (Wiki/Lucien)

Fr Fernando Cardenal served as education minister in the Sandinista government

John Paul II had many female friends  (AP Photo/Arturo Mari)

It makes no sense to call for the abolition of priestly celibacy on the basis of the Panorama documentary

St John Paul II, pictured in 1996 (AP)

That St John Paul II had a friendship with Prof Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka is no shock. Saints often have a genius for friendship

Eight books every Catholic should read (PA)

Catholic Books of the Year

Our books blogger lists her favourite books of 2015

Sister Mary Eucharista pictured in St Louis during the symposium organised by the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious (CNS)

Archbishop Augustine Di Noia gave the opening address at the Symposium on Religious Life in St Louis