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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”

Ulf Ekman and his wife, Birgitta, meet the Pope on April 9

The founder of Scandinavia’s biggest Bible school on why he is becoming a Catholic

Cardinal Pietro Parolin was Apostolic Nuncio to Venezuela in 2009–2013 (CNS)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 10/04/14

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King Abdullah II of Jordan meets Pope Francis yesterday (AP)

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Secrets of the Vatican aired last night on Channel 4 (CNS)

Secrets of the Vatican asks some worthy questions but makes sweeping statements at points

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

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A Polish bookshop sells copies of Blessed John Paul II's personal notes (CNS)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 06/02/14

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Polish woman greets Blessed John Paul II (CNS)

It’s when you take Mary out of the equation—as first Protestantism and then modern secularism did—that the secular feminism of our own day inevitably emerges in the end

John Paul II was elected in 1978 and will be canonised next year

Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII will be canonised on April 27 2014

The European Parliament building in Brussels (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 26/09/13

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