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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

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

Pope Francis and Father Luigi Ciotti, founder of the Italian anti-Mafia group Libera, participate in a prayer service for Mafia victims (CNS)

Pope Francis has made clear that we will live with the consequences of our actions forever

Woman prays at the tomb of Fulton Sheen (CNS)

The case of Archbishop Sheen is especially significant for our times

Pope Francis walks past musicians before a general audience (AP)

Pastoral bishops and priests must help the Pope if his desired changes are to be achieved

Archbishop Welby with Pope Francis in June (AP)

Pope Francis has quickly become the most iconic moral authority in the world today

Pope Francis (CNS)

Radiating an absorption in the Gospel with unabashed simplicity is the Pope’s gift

Former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey (PA) Below: 'Anglicans and Christians might as well be 'talking on the moon' (Christian Adams)

Buildings can decay, religious communities die but each generation invariably throws up new holy people who run with the torch of the Christian faith

Pope Francis (CNS)

He prefers to communicate by means of discussion and conversation rather than preaching at people. But he never places the teachings of the church in any doubt