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Cardinal Nichols attends the plenary assembly of the Council of European Episcopal Conferences in the Holy Land (Mazur/

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The Pope said he had “high hopes” for the trip

Pope Francis made the speech this week (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Pope makes environmental speech just days before American visit

Bishops attend the canonisation of St John XXIII and St John Paul II in St Peter's Square (CNS)

Council of Cardinals will study the way the Church identifies and appoints bishops

A facilities staff member for The Catholic University of America hangs banners welcoming Pope Francis to  Washington. Pope Francis will celebrate Mass outside the basilica  (CNS photo/Jaclyn Lippelmann, Catholic Standard)

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The charity helps hundreds of vulnerable people

Hundreds of homeless and vulnerable people put at risk, say charity

Illness always places human existence in crisis and brings with it questions that dig deep, the Pope wrote in his message (CNS)

The Vatican has released Pope Francis’s message for the World Day of the Sick 2016

New York Police Commissioner William Bratton has called the papal visit an 'unprecedented' security challenge (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 16/09/15

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A Cuban flag is held aloft behind Pope Francis in St Peter's Square (CNS)

President Barack Obama, Cuban President Raul Castro and the Vatican have all called for a lifting of the embargo

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope Francis’s 10th foreign trip will be the longest of his pontificate, Fr Federico Lombardi has said