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Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the Pontifical North American College in Rome (CNS)

A spokesman said that priests across North America had already been granted permission

A banner depicting St John Paul II hanging from the facade of St Peter's Basilica (CNS)

A saint for beleaguered priests

A love for priests was a vital part of St John Paul II’s pontificate

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

Ahead of his canonisation, it is a timely moment to reflect on how Blessed John Paul has inspired us