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Pope Francis addresses the United Nations General Assembly in New York (AP)

Pontiff urges world leaders to rise to grave challenges of the 21st century

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

A Vatican flag (CNS)

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

Pope Francis meets Russian president Vladimir Putin in June (AP)

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A Palestinian woman waves a Palestinian flag with a UN stickers attached on it  (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

The Holy See has asked to be removed from a draft resolution

Pope Francis is greeted by the faithful upon his arrival for a meeting with families during his visit to the Philippines (AP)

The Secret Service and NYPD have teamed up to ensure the Pope’s safety when he visits New York in September

Pope Francis addresses a workshop on climate change and human trafficking attended by mayors from around the world in the synod hall at the Vatican [CNS]

Pope Francis urged city mayors to make concrete changes by pressuring leaders above them

Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo with Pope Francis and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon earlier this year (Photo: CNS)

Bishop Sanchez backs collaboration on any project that does not contradict Church doctrine

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

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

A migrant is assisted after arriving in Reggio Calabria, Italy (CNS)

French, German and Italian bishops have issued formal statements in response to migration crisis