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Pope Francis gestures while talking at St Patrick's Catholic Church (AP)

The Pope visited St Patrick’s Church in Washington after his historic speech to Congress

Pope Francis greets Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington at the meeting (CNS)

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

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

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

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 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 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