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St John Paul II greets the World Youth Day crowd in Czestochowa, Poland, in 1992 (CNS)

St Louis de Montfort believed that the Rosary was the most powerful weapon against evil that Christians could employ

The Entombment by Ary Scheffer features on the cover of MAGNIFICAT's Holy Week edition

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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

Pall bearers carry the body of Pope John Paul II through a packed St Peter's Square (CNS)

The Catholic Herald’s report on the passing of the Polish pontiff from 2005

Pilgrims begin to fill St. Peter's Square on the day of St John Paul II's funeral (AP)

The atmosphere of prayer was palpable as tears flowed

Inmates greet Benedict XVI as he arrives at Rebibbia Prison in 2011 (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)

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A flag bearing the name of Krakow at the last World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)

Just 16 months to go to celebration as Vatican delegation approves programme

Pope Francis opens a session of the family synod (AP/Andrew Medichini)

Far from having any hidden agenda, Francis genuinely does not know what to do about the divorced and remarried

Paul VI greets the faithful at the end of the Council on December 8 1965 (CNS)

It’s not Vatican II’s fault

Half of baptised Catholics never attend Mass and a third claim to have ‘no religion’. But it would be wrong to point the finger at the great ecumenical council

Dr Alveda King speaks during a 'I Have a Dream' Gospel Brunch at Willard Hotel in Washington in 2013 (PA)

St John Paul II recognised the importance of post-abortion women