Catholic Herald logo
Menu
Pall bearers carry the body of Pope John Paul II through a packed St Peter's Square (CNS)

The Catholic Herald’s report on the passing of the Polish pontiff from 2005

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

Dr Alveda King speaks during a 'I Have a Dream' Gospel Brunch at Willard Hotel in Washington in 2013 (PA)

St John Paul II recognised the importance of post-abortion women

Pope Francis arrives at a session of the family synod last October (AP)

What Francis learned when he was shunned

This experience of exile taught the future pope that authentic sources of purification and renewal could be found there

File photo of Pope John Paul II's 1998 visit to Cuba

The Holy See has ended a historic quarrel and promoted world peace

Pope Francis delivers a speech at the European Parliament (PA)

The European Union is withering because it has uprooted itself, he says: unless it returns to God, its institutions are finished

Pope Francis has said that theories of evolution and the Big Bang are real (PA)

The Church has a centuries-long history of promoting scientific inquiry

The Pope Emeritus and Pope Francis greet each other at the canonisation Mass.

An up-to-the-minute guide to the historic ceremony in Rome

Video feed of the canonisation Mass of John XXIII and John Paul II in St Peter’s Square

St John Paul II during his 1981 trip to the Philippines (CNS)

If any figure deserves to be ‘fast-tracked’ to canonisation, it is the fast-tracker himself