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Pope Francis made the speech this week (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Pope makes environmental speech just days before American visit

A facilities staff member for The Catholic University of America hangs banners welcoming Pope Francis to  Washington. Pope Francis will celebrate Mass outside the basilica  (CNS photo/Jaclyn Lippelmann, Catholic Standard)

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Illness always places human existence in crisis and brings with it questions that dig deep, the Pope wrote in his message (CNS)

The Vatican has released Pope Francis’s message for the World Day of the Sick 2016

A Cuban flag is held aloft behind Pope Francis in St Peter's Square (CNS)

President Barack Obama, Cuban President Raul Castro and the Vatican have all called for a lifting of the embargo

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope Francis’s 10th foreign trip will be the longest of his pontificate, Fr Federico Lombardi has said

Pope Francis's nominations for the synod have been revealed (CNS)

Cardinal Walter Kasper and retired Cardinal Godfried Danneels are among Pope Francis’s nominations

Aretha Franklin sings during a memorial service for her father and brother in June (PA)

Pope Francis is visiting the World Meeting of Families as part of a three-city tour of the US

Pope Francis {AP)

50 inmates from Rome’s Rebibbia prison were given a tour of the Vatican gardens before listening to the Pope’s Angelus address

Blessed Benedict Daswa Bakali (PA)

Blessed Benedict will be a great saint for those tempted by modern ‘white witches’

Pope Francis (CNS)

Francis raised his concerns about the terrorist threat during an interview with a Portuguese radio station