John Paul II

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Pope Francis arrived in Mozambique on Wednesday, and will then travel to Madagascar and Mauritius. Photograph: Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis has been urged to address human rights issues on a three-nation visit to Africa that began on Wednesday in Mozambique. The pope is also (...)

John Paul II’s legacy: a 15-metre-tall statue depicting Pope John Paul II overlooks the city of Czestochowa, in southern Poland. At a moment when Poland finds itself torn by political conflicts that are cast as an existential fight for the country’s soul, the pope’s legacy is just one more battleground. Photograph: Maciek Nabrdalik/The New York Times

On his knees, head bowed before bloodstained robes, a Polish man is deep in prayer. He is worshipping in a chapel at the John Paul II Centre in Cracow(...)

Pope Francis shakes hands with  Taoiseach Leo Varadkar as he prepares to leave after his visit to Ireland, on Sunday. Photograph: Maxwells via Getty Images

Speaking to Pope Francis in a widely lauded address in Dublin Castle on Saturday, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar stressed that the Ireland of 2018 was a diffe(...)

 Former papal nuncio Josef Wesolowski was “defrocked” in June after being found guilty of paedophile crime by a canon law court. Photograph: Erika Santelices/ AFP/Getty Images

Does the arrest in the Vatican this week of former papal nuncio Josef Wesolowski, accused of paedophile crimes, represent a watershed moment in the po(...)

Pope Francis  at the Mass in Piana de Sibari in Calabria. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

“The ’Ndrangheta [Calabrian mafia] represents the adoration of evil and total contempt for the common good . . . Those who in their lives have chosen (...)

The moving canonisation on Sunday of arguably the two towering yet deeply contrasting figures of 20th century Catholicism, John XXIII and John (...)

Members of the Polish community in Galway at the Mass of Thanksgiving for the canonisation of Blessed Pope John XXIII and Blessed Pope John Paul II at Galway Racecourse in Ballybrit yesterday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

A number of events took place around Ireland yesterday to mark the double canonisation of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II. (...)

Gifts for sale as pilgrims from around the world arrive at St Peter’s Square in Vatican City to see the canonisation of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Saints are men and women who in their day to day ordinary lives try heroically to live the Christian life, Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin(...)

Faithful: a John Paul II candle burns in the late pope’s birthplace, in Poland. Photograph: Kacper Pempel/Reuters
John Paul II: tainted saint?

He was a holy man, but was he a saint? As Pope Francis prepares to canonise two of his predecessors, two weeks from now, that question mark han(...)

Relics connected to John Paul II are likely to increase in value ahead of his canonisation in April. Photograph: Reuters

The theft of a reliquary containing the blood of John Paul II has been linked to Satanism by an Italian consumer rights lobby. That remarkable asserti(...)

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