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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

A woman helps her son to kiss a sculpture of St John Paul II in Oviedo, Spain (CNS)

The Catholic Herald’s leading article published on April 8, 2005, shortly after the death of St John Paul II

Franciscan Father Michael Perry (CNS)

Pope Francis will release his encyclical on the environment on Thursday

Pope Francis (CNS)

Francis says that the sacrament of marriage is a ‘great act of faith’

Pilgrims begin to fill St. Peter's Square on the day of St John Paul II's funeral (AP)

The atmosphere of prayer was palpable as tears flowed

The Dreamland site in Margate, Kent (PA)

Margate is worth a Latin Mass

Like Margate, the Church faces difficulties as a result of changes made in the first half of the 1960s

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