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John Paul II's greatest achievement was to defend the stable and objective character of Catholic teaching (Photo: CNS)

It will take 100 years to recover from the 1960s and 70s: but John Paul set us back on course

Blessed John Paul II's notebooks are set to be published on February 5

Blessed encounters with John Paul II

In meetings with the Polish pope over 25 years Fr Michael Collins got to see a side of him that most people never saw

John Paul II greets a crowd while on holiday in Val D'Aosta, Italy (CNS/ Arturo Mari)

Or did he fail to tackle the deepest problems of the Church?

A statue of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha stands in the grounds of the shrine dedicated to the Native American convert to Catholicism  (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec)

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Morning Catholic must-reads: 20/04/11

Morning Catholic must-reads: 20/04/11

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

Feast will be celebrated in Diocese of Rome and in Poland

John Paul II is seen in a promotional image for the Polish documentary, John Paul II: I Kept Looking For You (CNS photo/ARTRAMA)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 12/04/11

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Actors in The Quality of Mercy taking a break during a rehearsal

A new play hails Pope John Paul II

Oxford Oratory parishioners are staging a play in honour of John Paul II

The beatification of John Paul II is now less than one month away and the Vatican has released the final details for the event

Pope Benedict XVI is pictured during the Angelus (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

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