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Pope Francis (AP)

Francis will offer encouragement to Catholic minority in the Balkan country

Pope Francis talks with Bolivian President Evo Morales at the Vatican in 2013 (CNS)

President Morales tells his people they must start preparing for a visit from Francis

Pope Francis waves to the crowd in Manila (CNS)

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle has reiterated Francis’s ‘spiritual and missionary message’

Pope Francis hugs 12-year-old Glyzelle Palomar (PA)

There were a number of memorable and touching moments during the papal visit

Pope Francis speaking to a reporter on board his flight from Manila (CNS)

Francis will also visit Philadelphia and New York during his September trip to the US

Pope Francis waves before boarding his plane as he departs Manila (PA)

Papal visit to South Asia comes to an end as the Pope flies home

Pope Francis releases a dove in Madhu (PA)

Pope Francis was speaking at the the Church of Our Lady of Madhu in Sri Lanka

Pope Francis waves to the crowd in Colombo (PA)

‘Our Lady remained always with you,’ the Pope tells the faithful in Sri Lanka

Pope Francis at the Mass (PA)

The Pope spoke at an open air Mass in Colombo attended by thousands

Pope Francis at the Canonisation Mass in Colombo for St Joseph Vaz (PA)

Thousands see Sri Lanka’s first saint canonised by Pope Francis in Colombo