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Children dressed as angels react as they attend Christmas Mass at a Catholic church in Beijing (CNS)

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Pope Francis gestures as he answers questions from journalists aboard his flight from Asuncion to Rome (CNS)

Francis answered questions from journalists while flying home to Rome from South America

Pope Francis celebrating Mass in Nu Guazu Park in Asuncion, Paraguay (CNS)

‘Communion with God always brings forth fruit,’ Pope Francis told crowds gathered in Nu Guazu Park

Pope Francis embraces children as he speaks at the the Acosta Nu pediatric hospital in San Lorenzo (PA)

The Holy Father spent time at the Ninos de Acosta Nu paediatric hospital on Saturday

Pope Francis touches a statue of Mary before meeting with clergy, religious men and women, and seminarians at the El Quinche Marian Shrine in Quito, Ecuador (Photo: CNS)

At Ecuador’s national Marian shrine Pope Francis urges clergy: ‘Do not deny your roots’

A group of young people wave flags representing the colors of Vatican City as they wait for the arrival of Pope Francis at Samanes Park in Guayaquil, Ecuador (PA)

The Pope met crowds outside the residence of the Apostolic Nuncio where he is staying

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 greets New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan (CNS)

Pope Francis will visit Washington DC, New, York and Philadelphia during September visit to the US

US President Barack Obama shares a laugh with Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope Francis address the US Congress and the United Nations during upcoming visit

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