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A student shows Pope Francis a lesson on the environment during his visit to Our Lady Queen of Angels School in the East Harlem area of New York Sept. 25.


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Pope Francis blesses a prisoner as he visits the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Philadelphia Sept. 27. Photos by CNS


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Nuns lean out to see Pope Francis as he greets and blesses seminarians, novices and other guests inside the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington Sept. 23.


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Pope Francis departs St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York Sept. 24 after presiding over an evening prayer service.

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Pope Francis delivers an address to a joint meeting of Congress Sept. 22.


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Crowds gather on the west side of the U.S. Capitol to catch a glimpse of Pope Francis as he prepared to address a joint meeting of Congress in Washington, Sept. 24.

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Pope Francis greets a New York City police officer as he visits the Ground Zero 9/11 Memorial in New York Sept. 25.

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Pope Francis kisses a baby as he arrives at Independence Hall in Philadelphia Sept. 26. The Holy Father spoke about immigration and religious freedom to an estimated crowd of 50,000.

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Pope Francis arrives at Our Lady Queen of Angels School in the East Harlem area of New York, Sept. 25.