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Pilgrims at the funeral Mass of John Paul II in St Peter's Square (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

By the time of his death, his greatness had become universally perceived

Pope John Paul II, creator of the World Youth Days, has been named patron for World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid

Pope Benedict XVI waves at the faithful at the end of the Angelus (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 17/01/11

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Benedict XVI has announced the beatification of Pope John Paul II, to take place on May 1

Priests pray in front of the slogan: 'We thank you for freedom at St Anne's church in Warsaw, Poland (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

US author George Weigel says the late pope faced a full-scale war launched by Communism against the Catholic Church

Decree praises late pope’s steadfast faith

Blessed John Paul II will be canonised on April 27 (CNS)

Congregation for the Causes of Saints today published the decree announcing John Paul II’s beatification

An image of yesterday's diaconal ordination of the three former Anglican bishops. They will be the first members of the world's first ordinariate (still from video by James Bradley)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 14/01/11

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John Paul II prays at Santa Maria degli Angeli in Assisi with representatives of 12 world religions (AP Photo)

The interfaith pilgrimage to Assisi doesn’t compromise a single Catholic belief

A postcard of John Paul II is displayed at a shop in Rome near the Vatican (CNS)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 13/01/11

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