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Pope Francis exchanges gifts with Cuban President Raul Castro  (CNS)

Pope Francis will visit Cuba from September 19 to 22, according to the country’s bishops’ conference

Cuban President Raul Castro gestures as he leaves a private meeting with Pope Francis on Sunday (CNS)

Cuban president says he will attend papal masses during Francis’s vist to Cuba in September

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

Clergymen stand outside a church during an unveiling ceremony of a statue of St John Paul II in Sarajevo (CNS)

Pope Francis will make an 11-hour visit to Bosnia-Herzegovina on June 6

Pope waves to the crowd during his recent trip to the Philippines (CNS)

Reports suggest the Pope is set to travel to Paraguay, Bolivia and Ecuador

Pope Francis (CNS)

Thanks to his unassuming personality and popularity, the Pontiff has a golden opportunity to change hearts and minds with a papal visit

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 waves to the crowd during his recent trip to the Philippines (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