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Pope Francis celebrates Mass with 300 of his Jesuit confreres at the Church of the Gesu in Rome (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

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Arab Israeli Christians demonstrate in front of the prime minister's office in Jerusalem (AP)

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Bolivian President Evo Morales presents the crucifix to Pope Francis (CNS)

Whatever the crude political message behind President Morales’s crucifix, the Pope transformed it into a higher purpose

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 meets with the faithful during his visit to the Catholic University in Quito, Ecuador (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Francis addressed an outdoor meeting at the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador

Pope Francis in the popemobile in Papa Road

An online video game features the Pope driving through the streets of Asuncion

Pope Francis greets the crowd outside the cathedral in Quito (CNS)

The Pope spoke to crowds outside the cathedral at the end of the second day of his visit to Ecuador

Cardinal, Orani Joao Tempesta, centre, has reportedly been carjacked (PA)

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Pope Francis greets the crowd as he makes his way to the main altar in the popemobile to celebrate Mass at Samanes Park (PA)

The Pope has celebrated Mass in Los Samanes Park in Ecuador during the first leg of his tour of Latin America

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