People hold up their phones and cameras to take a photo of Pope Francis in Manila, Philippines. Pope Francis will visit venues across Leyte and Manila during his visit to the Philippines from January 15 – 19. The visit is expected to attract crowds in the millions as Filipino Catholics flock to catch a glimpse of the leader of the Catholic Church in the Philippines for the first time since 1995. The Pope will begin the tour in Manila, then travelling to Tacloban to visit areas devastated by Typhoon Haiyan before returning to Manila to hold a mass at Rizal Park. The Philippines is the only Catholic majority nation in Asia with around 90 percent of the population professing the faith.
Young boys dressed as the Swiss Guard rest as they wait for Pope Francis at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Manila, Philippines. Tens of thousands of people poured on to the streets on Friday to catch a glimpse of the pope amid the most intense security of his two-year pontificate
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Filipino Catholics gather for Pope Francis’s arrival in Manila, Philippines.
Residents of the garbage dumpsite Payatas, eat a “pagpag” or recycled meal to celebrate Pope Francis’s planned visit on Thursday to Quezon city, northeast of Manila, Philippines. Pope Francis is embarking on a five-day visit to the only predominantly Catholic nation in Asia between January 15 and 19 and is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of the Filipino faithful.
Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience in St Peter’s square at the Vatican in Rome.
Pope Francis waves as he arrives to lead his weekly audience in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican today.
Pope Francis attends a welcoming ceremony at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea
Pope Francis and US President Barack Obama exchange gifts at the Vatican on Thursday. It is their first meeting.
US President Barack Obama arrives at the San Damaso courtyard for a meeting with Pope Francis in Vatican City, Vatican. This is Mr Obama’s first audience with Pope Francis, and it is the second time he has been received at the Vatican, after an audience with Pope Benedict XVI on July 10 2009. He is the ninth US president to make an official visit to the Vatican. The first, Woodrow Wilson, was received by Pope Benedict XV after the end of World War I.
Pilgrims cheer Pope Francis as he greets the crowd during his general audience at St Peter’s square on Wednesday at the Vatican.
Paola Ciabattini holds up her 19-month-old son Daniele De Sanctis, dressed as a pope, during Pope Francis’s weekly general audience in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican. Francis kissed the child as the new must-have Carnival costume made its debut at the Pope’s general audience on Wednesday.
Pope Francis meets bishops at the end of his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican
Pope Francis waves to visitors as he arrives at St Peter’s Square at the Vatican for his weekly general audience.
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Pope Francis blesses and waves to the crowd as he arrives for his weekly open-air general audience in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican.
Pope Francis waves to the crowd after leading the weekly audience in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican
Pope Francis delivers a speech during a gathering with Argentine youths at the Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro, on Thursday.
Pope Francis waves to the crowd gathered in St Peter’s square at the Vatican upon his arrival on Wednesday for his weekly general audience.
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Pope Francis waves to the faithful gathered at St Peter’s Square at the Vatican upon his arrival for his weekly general audience.
Pope Francis frees a dove during his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican