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More than two million expected to attend Kraków 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 celebrates Palm Sunday Mass in St Peter's Square (Andrew Medichini/AP/Press Association Images)

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A flag bearing the name of Krakow at the last World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)

More than two million expected to attend Kraków World Youth Day

Just 16 months to go to celebration as Vatican delegation approves programme

The completed stone tomb of Richard III in Leicester Cathedral following his reinterment (Joe Giddens/PA Wire)

King Richard III is reburied at Leicester Cathedral

More than 20,000 people have visited the king’s coffin

A group photograph of the homeless during their visit to the Sistine Chapel  (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, pool)

Pope Francis surprises homeless people during tour of Sistine Chapel

Holy Father asked the group to pray for him: ‘I’m in need of prayers by people like you’

Cardinal Nichols with Pope Francis at a meeting at the Vatican on human trafficking
(Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

Cardinal Nichols welcomes new Act to tackle modern slavery

Archbishop of Westminster says new law will increase support and protection for victims

Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

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The Pope and president at a previous meeting last year (PA)

Pope Francis to visit White House during trip to the US

It will be the first time that Pope Francis has ever visited the United States

Pope Francis greets Michael Haines (PA)

Brother of ISIS victim tells Vatican Radio that he remains ‘haunted’ by video

Mike Haines met Pope Francis at his general audience this week

Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CNS)

Vatican cardinal: it would be ‘anti-Catholic’ to let bishops’ conferences decide doctrine

In new interview doctrinal chief Cardinal Müller criticises comments by German bishops’ leader Cardinal Marx

The daughters of Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi hold a photo of their mother (Photo: CNS)

Half a million call for Asia Bibi to be released from death row

Asia Bibi was sentenced to death in Pakistan five years ago for allegedly insulting Mohammed

Cardinal Gerhard Müller:  'The president of an episcopal conference is nothing more than a technical moderator' (CNS)

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Faithful pray in front of the exposition of the Shroud of Turin (Photo: CNS)

Pope Francis will meet his own family during trip to Turin to venerate Shroud

The Pope will spend two days in Turin in June

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St Teresa of Avila was born 500 years ago today in Gotarrendura, Spain

St Teresa of Avila was a charming, droll and tough-minded reformer

The witty Spanish saint was, in some ways, the Pope Francis of her time

Pope Francis opens a session of the family synod (AP/Andrew Medichini)

Why I didn’t sign the priests’ letter urging the synod to stand firm on marriage

Far from having any hidden agenda, Francis genuinely does not know what to do about the divorced and remarried

Cardinal Reinhard Marx says the German Church is 'not just a subsidiary of Rome' (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

We must resist a very bad idea emerging from the German Church

Localism, at the expense of universalism, is a deadly poison for Catholics

Not our most beloved leader

Until Richard III the War of the Roses was fought on Darwinian lines

Richard III’s (alleged) killing of his nephews broke the ultimate taboo

The Prince of Wales  (PA)

Defender of the (Eastern) faith

Prince Charles has a new obsession as strong as his passions for ecology and architecture. He is refusing to stand idly by as Christians are driven out of the Middle East

Paul VI greets the faithful at the end of the Council on December 8 1965 (CNS)

It’s not Vatican II’s fault

Half of baptised Catholics never attend Mass and a third claim to have ‘no religion’. But it would be wrong to point the finger at the great ecumenical council

Prince Charles is at the forefront  of the fight to save Christians (PA)

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Dr Alveda King speaks during a 'I Have a Dream' Gospel Brunch at Willard Hotel in Washington in 2013 (PA)

On the 20th anniversary of Evangelium Vitae, let’s remember the heroism of women who speak out on abortion

St John Paul II recognised the importance of post-abortion women

Pope Francis with a newly married couple (CNS)

Why I signed the letter urging the synod to stand firm on marriage

I had not the slightest hesitation in signing the letter, and I was grateful to the organisers for undertaking the task

Jesus enters Jerusalem, by Giotto

MAGNIFICAT: The week ahead

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People pray during a religious education congress in LA (CNS)

Mercy doesn’t obscure a sinner’s need to repent

A new book shows that merciful priests who don’t water down the truth are vital for the Church

Cardinal Keith O'Brien (PA)

Cardinal O’Brien can’t be exiled forever

The Church may be quite good at handing out punishments, but seems less good in letting some sinners know they are forgiven

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