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Benedict XVI has announced the beatification of Pope John Paul II, to take place on May 1

US author George Weigel says the late pope faced a full-scale war launched by Communism against the Catholic Church

Decree praises late pope’s steadfast faith

Congregation for the Causes of Saints today published the decree announcing John Paul II’s beatification

Bishop Alan Hopes ordained three former Anglican bishops to the diaconate yesterday during a historic Mass

At his general audience Pope Benedict XVI commented on the teachings of purgatory from medieval mystic St Catherine of Genoa

Bishop Fellay says he is ‘deeply indignant’ at Pope’s invitation to world religious leaders to join him at Assisi

Vatican foreign minister met the ambassador yesterday hours after she was called back to Cairo

Former Anglican bishop Andrew Burnham talks about the car journey to Rome that inspired the world’s first ordinariate