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Pope Francis waves to young Catholics during World Youth Day (AP)

The Pope says he was encouraged by Polish Catholics’ ‘strong faith’ and ‘unwavering hope’

The estimated 40,000 Syro-Malabar Catholics in Britain now have their own cathedral (CNS)

The revival no one expected

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With a new cathedral, new orders and new Oratories, could England’s Catholic Church be entering a time of renewal?

Pope Francis prays during a meeting with bishops in Krakow Cathedral (Photo: AP)

Francis visited and prayed for 89-year-old Cardinal Macharski

Pope Francis sits next Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki, president of the Polish bishops conference, during a meeting with Poland's bishops at the cathedral in Krakow, Poland (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

The Pope made ‘beautiful’ appeal to bishops to ensure the elderly were not forgotten at World Youth Day

People kneel at confessionals set up in a park in Kraków (AP)

Amid all the excitement at the start of World Youth Day, there have been opportunities for profound reflection

Karol Wojtyła in the 1960s, then Archbishop of Kraków [CNS]

Kraków, the city of the century

The historian’s eye sees here all the principal events of a century of geopolitics

The World Youth Day 2016 logo

The logo and prayer focus on the theme chosen by Pope Francis from the Gospel of Matthew

Pilgrims pray during the closing Mass of World Youth Day in Brazil (Photo: CNS)

Francis asks young people to read the beatitudes to prepare for next three World Youth Days

Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience (AP)

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 18/09/13

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