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Pope makes long-awaited visit to Our Lady of Guadalupe

The original image of Our Lady of Guadalupe is rotated so that Pope Francis can pray before it in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City (CNS)

Francis sat alone in prayerful silence with the miraculous image of the Virgin after celebrating Mass

Pope Francis preaches at Mass in Ecatepec, Mexico (AP)

Full text: Pope Francis’s homily at the Ecatepec Study Centre

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The original image of Our Lady of Guadalupe is rotated so that Pope Francis can pray before it in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City (CNS)

Pope makes long-awaited visit to Our Lady of Guadalupe

Francis sat alone in prayerful silence with the miraculous image of the Virgin after celebrating Mass

People attend Mass celebrated by Pope Francis at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City (AP)

Full text: Pope’s homily at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe

The Pope words during Mass at the basilica and shrine in Mexico City

Pope Francis waves to the crowd from aboard the popemobile in Mexico City's main square (AP)

As it happened: Mass in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Live coverage of Pope Francis celebrating Mass in Mexico City

Pope Francis meets with bishops during his visit to the cathedral in Mexico City (AP)

Pope Francis urges Mexico’s bishops to strongly denounce drug cartels

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Pope Francis addresses Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto and and an audience of dignitaries at the National Palace in Mexico City (CNS)

Fight corruption and work for the common good, Pope Francis tells Mexican officials

Mexico’s president welcomed the Pontiff and said his visit represents ‘an encounter of a people with its faith’

Pope Francis delivers his message at the cathedral in Mexico City (AP)

Full text: Pope Francis to Mexico’s bishops

Francis addressed the bishops of Mexico at the Cathedral of the Assumption on the first full day of his papal visit

Pope Francis greets guests at the National Palace in Mexico City (AP)

Full text: Pope Francis at Mexico’s National Palace

The Pontiff was welcomed by Mexico’s president and gave a speech to members of the civil authorities and diplomats

Pope Francis with President Enrique Pena Nieto and first lady, Angelica Rivera, upon his arrival in Mexico  (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)

As it happened: Welcome ceremony at Mexico’s National Palace

The Pontiff is meeting President Enrique Pena Nieto at the start of his visit to Mexico

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill and Pope Francis pose for photos at the beginning of their meeting (CNS)

Pope says meeting with Patriarch was a ‘conversation of brothers’

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Patriarch Kirill and Pope Francis embrace at José Martí International Airport in Havana (AP)

Full text: Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill’s joint declaration

‘Catholics and Orthodox are called to work together fraternally in proclaiming the Good News of salvation’

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A card with an image of Pope Francis is seen  next to images of the Our Lady of Guadalupe at a store close to the the basilica in her name in Mexico City.  (CNS photo/Carlos Garcia Rawlings, Reuters)

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