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Pope Francis prays before the cross on the border between Ciudad Juarez and El Paso (CNS)

Cardinal O’Malley says papal visit is ‘a great sign of hope for families separated and suffering’

Pope Francis accepts a crucifix from a prisoner as he visits Cereso prison in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico (CNS)

Francis visited Cereso prison in Ciudad Juarez on Wednesday

Pope Francis waves after arriving at Abraham Gonzalez Airport in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico (AP)

The Pontiff celebrates Mass at the Ciudad Juárez fairgrounds

Police officers stand near a Pope Francis cutout in the center of town in Ciudad Juarez, (AP Photo/Ivan Pierre Aguirre)

Pope Francis arrives in the country today and will visit a once-notorious prison on Wednesday

A Mexican soldier stands guard outside Ciudad Juarez, Mexico (Photo: CNS)

Papal team are investigating Ciudad Juarez in advance of the Pope’s February trip

A tourist visits Antoni Gaudí's Sagrada Familia church in Barcelona (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, file)

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