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Pope Francis (CNS)

It is understood to be the first time Pope Francis has travelled to the US

A Filipino student paints the face of Pope Francis as part of a nationwide competition (CNS)

The papal visit is set to take place in January 2015

Cardinal Nichols (PA)

Cardinal will visit Holocaust memorial and Gaza

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama

Archbishop was stunned by the Prince’s support for Christians in the line of fire

Pope Francis greeting  Patti Smith last year (CNS)

Smith met Pope Francis in St Peter’s Square last year

Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, president of the Vatican Observatory Foundation (CNS)

Brother Guy Consolmagno was presented with the Carl Sagan Medal

Archbishop Anthony Fisher (CNS)

Anthony Fisher was installed yesterday as the new Archbishop of Sydney

Pope Francis said he felt united with suffering Christians Below: Video via Rome Reports (AP)

Pope Francis met leaders of the Eastern churches in Rome this week

The seal protects the dignity of the person, the official said (CNS photo illustration by Mike Crupi, Catholic Courier)

Church officials try to remove misconceptions about the sacrament

Guido Schaffer

A Brazilian seminarian who served the poor and drowned aged 34 could be beatified