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Pope Francis speaking to a reporter on board his flight from Manila (CNS)

Francis will also visit Philadelphia and New York during his September trip to the US

Pope Francis waves as he prepares to board his flight from Manila to Rome (AP)

At new in-flight press conference Francis says good Catholics are not required ‘to be like rabbits’

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in stormy conditions in Tacloban (AP)

Holy Father is forced to cut short his visit to island of Leyte amid tropical storm

Pope Francis named 15 new cardinal-electors from 14 nations after Sunday's Angelus (AP)

Pontiff names 15 cardinal-electors and five cardinals over the age of 80

Cardinal Parolin and John Kerry met previously at the Vatican in January (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano, pool)

Cardinal Pietro Parolin met with Kerry for an hour

Cardinals attend a consistory in the Vatican's Synod Hall in October 2014  (CNS)

Francis will also gather the world’s cardinals in February to hear about progress in curial reform

The Pope speaks during a press conference on the flight from Istanbul to Rome (AP)

Francis says ‘every religion’ is blighted by ‘little groups’ of fundamentalists

Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I wave to the faithful in Istanbul (AP)

Francis meets refugees after issuing joint declaration with Patriarch Bartholomew

Francis stands next to the Grand Mufti of Istanbul, Rahmi Yaran, right, at the Blue Mosque in Istanbul (AP)

Francis’s prayer in Blue Mosque recalls Benedict XVI’s famous gesture in 2006

The Pope called on movements to avoid "rivalries and backbiting" (PA)

The Pope met with the third World Congress of Ecclesial Movements and New Communities