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In a word

What is a saint ? By any other name, an extraordinary human being. The word comes from the L(...)

 Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI arrives at the canonisation ceremony of  John XXIII and John Paul II  in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters

On a grey, dull morning that threatens rain, it is another day of the fold-up chair and rucksack as some of the 800,000 plus pilgrims in town t(...)

With Rome bracing itself for an influx of an estimated 1 million tourists and pilgrims, Italian Water Police patrol the Tiber river close to the Vatican City area. Photograph: Claudio Peri/EPA.

Sainthood is all very well but at the end of this historic Roman weekend who is going to pick up the tab? The man asking that very practical qu(...)

Pilgrims pray at the grave of pope John Paul II in the St Sebastian Chapel of St Peter’s Basilica. Up to 1 million pilgrims and tourists from all over the world are expected in Rome this weekend for the historic double canonization of Pope John Paul and Pope John XXIII. Photograph: Radek Pietruszka/EPA

It was certainly not planned this way but Sunday’s unprecedented canonisation of perhaps the two most influential popes of the 20th century, Jo(...)

The 23rd annual stations of the cross pageant at St John the Baptist Church Clontarf Road. The Easter pagent is performerd by members of the Parish. Photograph: Alan Betson

One of the most striking images of the Easter story is a fresco by Fra Angelico in the Dominican Convent of San Marco in Florence. Entit(...)

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(...)

Pope John Paul II  blesses Father Marcial Maciel, founder of the Legionaries of Christ, during a special audience in2004. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

Three popes, including two who will be canonised at the end of next month, were aware of abuse allegations against Legionaries of Christ founde(...)

Pope Francis delivers his “Urbi et Orbi” message from the central balcony of St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican on Christmas Day. The Vatican has confirmed that since the pope’s election last March, more than 6.5 million people have attended papal ceremonies and events in Rome. Photograph: AP/L’Osservatore Romano

The “Francis Effect” has been putting bums on seats, or should we say pews. No one had any real doubts on the subject but just in case they did, the H(...)

John Paul II has been on a fast track to sainthood since his funeral in April 2005, when banners were displayed proclaiming “Santo subito”, or “Make him a saint immediately”. Photograph: Reuters/Max Rossi

On what was a significant day in the pontificate of Pope Francis, the Holy See yesterday confirmed that the pope had approved the canonisation of two (...)