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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

Young people from Brazil pass on the World Youth Day cross to youths from Poland (CNS)

World Youth Day 2016 will take place next July in Krakow, Poland

Kraków is the host city for next year's World Youth Day (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 29/09/15

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

Reuben Hill undergoes pioneering brain surgery

Reuben Hill sang 10,000 Reasons when surgeons asked him to talk during the brain operation

Main square, St. Mary's Basilica seen in nighttime view of Krakow

Auxiliary Bishop Damian Muskus of Krakow, Poland said arranging for young people who might not be able to attend the event would be “our priestly gifts for youngsters in this Year of Mercy”

Pope Francis using the iPad to sign up for world Youth Day (PA)

World Youth Day 2016 will take place in Krakow next July

St John Paul II 'used his philosophical training to develop a vision of the inviolable dignity of every human being' (AP)

Forgetting the unforgettable pope

Here in Kraków, it is impossible to forget this spiritual giant

The entrance to the former Nazi death camp Auschwitz (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

Cardinal Dziwisz says Polish bishops hope Pope will visit death camp during next year’s World Youth Day

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 kisses a baby during this week's audience (CNS)

Francis gives message ahead of World Youth Day