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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

Pope Francis prays near the statue of Our Lady of Charity, patroness of Cuba, in the Minor Basilica of the Shrine of Our Lady of Charity in El Cobre (CNS)

Francis spent 45 minutes meeting with Cuba’s 17 bishops at the Shrine of Our Lady of Charity

Pope Francis lights a candle at the statue of Our Lady of Charity, patroness of Cuba, in the Minor Basilica of the Shrine of Our Lady of Charity in El Cobre, Cuba (CNS)

Francis celebrated Mass in the Minor Basilica of the Shrine of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre on the final day of his visit to Cuba

A Vatican flag (CNS)

The Vatican flag will be raised at UN headquarters in New York City on Friday

Images of college students who went missing in Mexico's Guerrero state are set outside the Arizona State Capitol in Phoenix by immigration reform advocates (CNS)

Pope Francis’s trip to Philadelphia coincides with the anniversary of attacks which left six people dead and 43 missing

Mary Jo Copeland gives welcome bags to members of a family in Minneapolis (CNS))

Mary Jo Copeland, who founded Sharing and Caring Hands, will meet the pontiff on Thursday

US diplomat Jeffrey DeLaurentis talks to American Catholics during a reception at the US Embassy residence in Havana (CNS)

Diplomatic progress is being made every day, Jeffrey DeLaurentis told US Catholics in Cuba