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Francis uses a tablet computer yesterday to sign himself up for next year's World Youth Day in Poland (AP)

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An image of Jesus of Divine Mercy in St Peter's Square (Photo: CNS)

During Eastertide many souls are released to heaven. They need our prayers as they cannot help themselves

Blessed John Henry Newman wrote the Dream of Gerontius

Why Gerontius is happy in purgatory

The Dream of Gerontius leaves us vividly aware of the drama of salvation

An altarpiece showing the souls in purgatory at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Purgatory exists even if we rarely talk about it

A N Wilson suggests that purgatory only became part of Church doctrine in 1274

Benedict XVI explains purgatory

At his general audience Pope Benedict XVI commented on the teachings of purgatory from medieval mystic St Catherine of Genoa