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Pope Francis visits the Parish of St Patrick’s Charity Centre in Washington

Pope Francis arrives in a Fiat 500L on Capitol Hill in Washington DC (AP)

Pope Francis is addressing a joint session of the US Congress

The group expressed relief that the synod 'did not heed attempts to separate doctrine from sacramental and pastoral practice' (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Don’t try to pigeonhole the synod fathers

You won’t be able to understand what happens at next month’s gathering if you insist on labelling everyone either a liberal or conservative

Pope Francis with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople (CNS)

By strengthening the synod of bishops Pope Francis hopes to boost the chances of unity between Catholics and Orthodox Christians

Pope Francis waves as he leaves the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception after celebrating Mass and the canonisation of Junipero Serra (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope canonises Junipero Serra

The Pope said faith is alive only when shared

A statue of Blessed Junipero Serra in California (CNS/Bob Mullen)

Pope Francis is celebrating Mass for the Canonisation of Blessed Junipero Serra

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As it happened: Pope Francis meets US bishops

Pope Francis is meeting with the Bishops of the United States of America at St Matthew’s Cathedral, Washington

President Obama and Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope Francis is meeting President Obama at the White House

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