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Pope Francis talks with Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia (Photo: CNS)

Estimate made by organisers of the World Meeting of Families

Syrian artist Essa Neima in his studio in Washington (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)

Essa Neima was inspired to paint after the murder of his friend, Fr Frans van der Lugt

Supporters of traditional marriage hold signs near Capitol Hill (CNS)

The US Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments over whether states that bar same-sex marriage must recognise such unions

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

The canonisation will take place on September 23 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington

Fr Mario Dorsonville distributes ashes during an Ash Wednesday liturgy (CNS)

Bishop-designate Mario Dorsonville will assist Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl

Survivors of human trafficking carry offertory gifts during at Mass celebrated (CNS)

Washington bishop urges action against modern day slavery on international day of prayer

Pope Francis speaking to a reporter on board his flight from Manila (CNS)

Francis will also visit Philadelphia and New York during his September trip to the US

Pope Francis with US President Barack Obama (CNS)

Cardinal Pietro Parolin also suggested Francis will go to UN during September trip

Syrian Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan (CNS)

Syriac Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan visits Washington to highlight plight of faithful in Iraq

Bishop Nestor-Desire Nongo Aziagbia of Bossangoa (CNS)

More than 35,000 people are living on the 40-acre diocesan compound in Bossangoa