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Pope John XXIII in his official portrait (CNS). 
Below is a page from the comic book narrating his life (CNS)

The Story of Pope John XXIII – by the artist behind Thor and the Avengers – is re-issued thanks to a Kickstarter campaign

Canon Philip Gillespie, the new rector of the Beda College (Flickr/Mazur)

New Beda College rector announced

The Congregation for the Clergy has appointed Canon Philip Gillespie as Rector of the Pontifical Beda College in Rome

Homilies are much improved  (CNS)

The Lectionary is bearing fruit at last

Trappist Father Thomas Merton (CNS)

The Trappist who couldn’t be silenced

Thomas Merton was funny, daring and loquacious. That got him into trouble with the Church authorities, but it didn’t stop him becoming a great modern spiritual guide

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

Fr Wilfrid Faber once said: ‘I walk down the street in my habit and I feel I dispel invincible ignorance wherever I go'

The unfairly maligned founder of the London Oratory died 150 years ago

Cardinal Oswald Gracias is one of the Pope's eight closest cardinal-advisers (AP)

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The opening of the Second Vatican Council in October 1962 (AP)

The Church was just not ready to face the changes the 1960s threw at it