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Members of the Youth Union of Turkey protest after violence between Kurdish protesters and Turkish police (AP Photo)

If Turkey is an example to the Middle East, it is not a particularly inspiring one

Young John Paul II with his father

The late pope’s father was instrumental in forming Karol Wojtyła’s faith

A painting of St Francis de Sales

St Francis de Sales wrote with clarity about the extraordinary power of an apparently basic gesture

Pope Paul VI makes his way past bishops during a session of the Second Vatican Council in 1964 (CNS)

Pope Paul VI’s beatification will be an opportunity to re-discover his teaching, which willl do us a world of good

Pope John XXIII was canonised on Divine Mercy Sunday of this year (PA)

The affection between Saint John and the Turks remains today

People in Wadowice, Poland, St John Paul II's hometown, celebrate his canonisation (CNS)

The Polish saint was not only a remarkable spiritual leader but an outstanding political figure

Young woman greets Pope John Paul II during event with youths in 2004 (CNS)

He re-established the simple but immense fact of the Church’s authority to declare the objective truth of Catholic doctrine

Benedict XVI

Former pope praises predecessor in collection of interviews

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

John Paul II prays during a Mass in St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican in 2003 Below: John XXIII pictured in the Vatican Gardens (CNS)

A pair of saints to be proud of

John XXIII was very much a man of the people, while John Paul II lived the Gospel without compromise