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John the Baptist knew his role was ‘to prepare people for an encounter with the Lord,” says Francis

Riotous bonfires, a special mass and celebratory feasting should be at the heart of the ‘Summer Christmas’

Francis calls on faithful not to forget old clergymen and women

Pope urges Church to imitate courageous witness of St John the Baptist

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Pilgrims enjoy tea at Bellahouston

Catholics from St John the Baptist in Uddingston, south Lanarkshire, pictured at Bellahouston Park

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