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The Pope applauds during the World Meeting of Families. Below: Francis embraces a young man in a wheelchair (AP)

Pontiff delights tens of thousands at Benjamin Franklin Parkway with spontaneous talk on families

Aretha Franklin sings during a memorial service for her father and brother in June (PA)

Pope Francis is visiting the World Meeting of Families as part of a three-city tour of the US

Andrea Bocelli will perform for the Pope in September (Greg Allen/Invision/AP)

Pope Francis will attend Festival of Families during his visit to the US city

Pope Francis talks with Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia (Photo: CNS)

Estimate made by organisers of the World Meeting of Families

Pope Benedict XVI arrives on a wheeled platform at the Mass on Sunday (Photo: CNS)

Benedict XVI announces Year of Faith

The Year will begin on the 50th anniversary of the start of the Second Vatican Council

Blind tenor treated Italians to an aria at an event put on by the charity Sermig