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Those closest to Pope John Paul II regarded him as a truly great man (CNS)

Pope John Paul’s major achievement for the Church was to recover Pope John’s original purpose: to “guard” and to teach more efficaciously “the sacred deposit of Christian doctrine”

Blessed John Paul II greets the future Benedict XVI in 2004 (CNS)

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Pope Francis (CNS) Below: Video of Pope Francis on John the Baptist (RomeReports)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 28/02/14

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Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill in 2009

Morning Catholic must-reads: 07/01/14

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Archbishop Welby with Pope Francis in June (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 31/12/13

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Relatives lower the casket of a man who was killed in suicide attack on a church in Peshawar, Pakistan (CNS)

Persecution is a localised phenomenon rather than a truly global one

Pope Francis meets a child in St Peter's Square (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 13/09/13

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Cardinal George Pell of Sydney (CNS photo/Daniel Munoz, Reuters)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 27/08/13

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Coptic Pope Tawadros II (AP)

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Benedict XVI makes his last public appearance as pope on February 28 (CNS)

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