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Pope Francis walks with Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa during an arrival ceremony at Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Quito, Ecuador (CNS)

The Pontiff will also visit Bolivia and Paraguay during his short tour of South America

Pope Francis waves as he boards his flight to Ecuador (AP)

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Pope Francis exchanges gift with Bolivian President Evo Morales during a private audience at the Vatican (CNS)

Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay in July

'Mexico City approved same-sex marriage in 2009' (CNS)

The Mexican bishops’ conference has expressed disappointment with the court’s decree

Pope Francis gives a blessing to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos during their meeting at the Vatican (CNS)

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos met Pope Francis at the Vatican on Monday

Pilgrims gather for Archbishop Oscar Romero's beatification Mass (CNS)

Note from the Pope is read out at beatification service on Saturday

A pilgrim form Ecuador holds her country's flag on Copacabana beach,  Rio de Janeiro, at the World Youth Day opening Mass in 2013 (CNS)

Pope Francis will visit Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay in July

People attend a prayer service at an evangelical church in Leon, Mexico (CNS)

Losing the Latino faithful

Hispanics are switching in their millions from Catholicism to Protestantism

World Youth Day this year - but Catholicism is failing in Latin America   REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

In much of the continent Catholicism is seen as failing the poor

Pope Francis kisses an infant as he makes his way to Copacabana beach for the World Youth Day Way. Catholicism is losing ground across the region (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

Large numbers adopting evaneglical Protestantism or leaving religion