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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 during his 1981 trip to the Philippines (CNS)

Monday’s Panorama programme will focus on St John Paul’s friendship with a Polish-born philosopher

St John Paul II greets Poles at the monastery of Jasna Gora in Czestochowa during his 1979 trip (CNS photo/Chris Niedenthal)

Wlodzimierz Redzioch explains that Stories about Saint John Paul II was written to fill a void left by the late pope’s death

Cardinal Dziwisz prays at the tomb of St John Paul II in 2011 (CNS)

This insightful portrait of St John Paul II by those who knew him is far from hagiographic

Flowers lay outside the Carillon cafe, a site of last Friday's attacks in Paris (AP)

Only Christianity can rescue Europe

Some have seized on attacks by Islamists to smear all religions by association. But the Christian faith can play a key role in awakening the West from its slumber

St John Paul II meets then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger in 2004 (CNS)

A new book offers fascinating insight into the late pontiff from the likes of Benedict XVI and those who knew Karol Wojtyla growing up

A Katyń memorial: a priest was sent to the area to give the dead a Christian burial (AP)

A priest views the Second World War as ‘a holy war fought for multiple and mixed motives’

Cardinal Roberto Tucci, left, speaks at a 2011 Vatican press conference alongside Jesuit Fr Federico Lombardi (CNS)

Cardinal Roberto Tucci died at the age of 93

Young John Paul II with his father

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

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