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Benedict XVI embraces Pope Francis in St Peter's Basilica (AP)

What ‘mercy’ actually means

Mercy is something more than charity

Pope Francis stands in front of the Holy Door, in the back of St Peter's Basilica (AP Photo/Andreas Solaro, Pool)

A new door opens

Mercy is absolutely at the heart of the Catholic faith, both doctrine and practice

Cardinals venerate a crucifix during the Liturgy of the Lord's Passion on Good Friday in St Peter's Basilica  (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Traditionalist movement responds to request by bishops of England and Wales for 2008 prayer to be revised

St John Paul II greets Poles at the monastery of Jasna Gora in Czestochowa during his 1979 trip (CNS photo/Chris Niedenthal)

Wlodzimierz Redzioch explains that Stories about Saint John Paul II was written to fill a void left by the late pope’s death

Cardinal Dziwisz prays at the tomb of St John Paul II in 2011 (CNS)

This insightful portrait of St John Paul II by those who knew him is far from hagiographic

Missionaries of Charity pray beside the tomb of Mother Teresa (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 19/11/15

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

St John Paul II meets then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger in 2004 (CNS)

A new book offers fascinating insight into the late pontiff from the likes of Benedict XVI and those who knew Karol Wojtyla growing up

Pope Francis (AP)

In a letter to Cardinal Parolin, Francis said until a new apostolic constitution is created established rules still apply

A woman helps her son to kiss a sculpture of St John Paul II in Oviedo, Spain (CNS)

The Catholic Herald’s leading article published on April 8, 2005, shortly after the death of St John Paul II

Pope Francis canonised John Paul II on April 27 2014 (AP)

Letters from the Synod: October 22

Reports and commentary, from Rome and elsewhere, on the XIV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops