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Pilgrims sing and dance in the rain prior to the opening Mass for World Youth Day (CNS)

St John Paul II’s former secretary preached to more than 200,000 pilgrims on Tuesday

Pope Francis celebrates morning Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae at the Vatican (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano, handout)

The Pope last presided over a wedding two years ago

Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Vatican's permanent observer to the United Nations, speaks during the conference (CNS)

The Vatican sponsored a panel discussion, Eliminating the Trafficking of Children and Youth, at the United Nations

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump gives two thumbs up as on the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland (AP)

Hispanic Catholics are solidly behind Hilary Clinton but white members of the faithful are split on whether to support her or her Republican rival

Worshipers at the "Together 2016" event in Washington July 16. (CNS)

More than 350,000 Christians from all denominations celebrated the life-changing power of Jesus on the National Mall in Washington

Linyi Cao, a graduate student studying economics at Washington University in St Louis, hunts for Pokemon Go stops around his neighbourhood  (CNS)

In its first week, the mobile phone game attracted nearly 21 million users

The lethal injection facility at San Quentin State Prison in California (PA)

The bishops released a statement to coincide with the launch of the Yes on 62 campaign

Parishioners pray at a Mass dedicated to the slain and injured Dallas Police officers at the Cathedral Guadalupe in Dallas (AP)

Five Dallas police officers were killed by a gunman targeting police on July 7

Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Vatican nuncio to the United Nations (CNS)

The Pope’s permanent observer at the UN told the Security Council that the creation of two states would help bring peace to the region

US Capitol Police officers stand outside the Capitol in Washington (CNS photo/Kevin Lamarque, Reuters)

Church leaders say the Conscience Protection Act provides ‘much-needed protection’