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Pope Francis greets Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington (CNS)

Pope Francis met the US bishops in Washington’s Cathedral of St Matthew the Apostle

Capitol Hill visitors walk in front of a statue of missionary Junipero Serra, center (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

An 18th-century Franciscan friar will be canonised in Washington tonight. But his detractors claim he was a Spanish imperialist who flogged Indian converts

Pope Francis (CNS)

As it happened: Pope Francis meets US bishops

Pope Francis is meeting with the Bishops of the United States of America at St Matthew’s Cathedral, Washington

President Barack Obama leans over to talk to Pope Francis during a state arrival ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House (AP)

President Obama welcomed Pope Francis to America during a ceremony at the White House

President Obama and Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope Francis is meeting President Obama at the White House

Commuters pass a life-size "Flat Francis" in Daley Plaza in Chicago (CNS)

Charity Catholic Extension took their cartoon version of the Pope out on the streets of Chicago this week

St. Patrick's Cathedral – ready for Pope Francis (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)

The seat of New York is finally restored, after a $175m makeover

Pope Francis with Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi in June (CNS)

Francis will meet President Obama, speak at a joint meeting of Congress and address the UN during his time in America

Pope Francis waves farewell as he departs Cuba from the Antonio Maceo International Airport (CNS)

The Pope spoke to reporters on his flight from Cuba to America

Pope Francis talks with President Barack Obama, accompanied by first lady Michelle Obama, after arriving at Andrews Air Force Base (AP)

Pope Francis arrives in Washington DC

President Obama and the First Lady have welcomed the Pontiff to America at the start of his three-city visit