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Pope Francis addresses the United Nations General Assembly in New York (AP)

Pontiff urges world leaders to rise to grave challenges of the 21st century

Pope Francis addresses the United Nations General Assembly in New York (AP)

The Pope gave a powerful, wide-ranging talk

A rose is placed on a name engraved along the South reflecting pool at the Ground Zero memorial site (AP)

Pope Francis is participating in an inter-religious meeting at the Ground Zero Memorial in New York

The UN headquarters (CNS)

Pope Francis is visiting the headquarters of the United Nations in New York

Faithful cheer as Pope Francis enters St Patrick's Cathedral (Photo: AP)

At Vespers the Pope also warned priests and religious in New York against ‘worldly comfort’

Pope Francis speaks during Vespers at St Patrick's Cathedral in New York (AP)

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Pope Francis at prayer (CNS)

As it happened: Pope Francis at Vespers

Pope Francis is celebrating Vespers with clergy and men and women religious in New York

Pope Francis greets nuns of the Little Sisters of the Poor  (AP)

The sisters have filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration’s mandate that all employers offer contraceptive coverage in health plans

Pope Francis gestures while talking at St Patrick's Catholic Church (AP)

The Pope visited St Patrick’s Church in Washington after his historic speech to Congress

Pope Francis addresses a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

History is made as Francis becomes the first pope ever to address a joint meeting of Congress