Pope Francis

VIDEO: Girl Passes Barricade, Greets Pope Francis

The pope moved slowly past throngs lining his route from the White House, waving from an outfitted Jeep that is open on the sides.

At one point, a young girl carrying a yellow banner got outside the police barricade holding the crowds back and tried to approach the popemobile.

She shied back when a bodyguard came near to pick her up and bring her to Francis.

DC crowds cheer pope; he calls for climate action

President Barack Obama, in turn, hailed the pontiff as a moral force who is "shaking us out of our complacency" with reminders to care for the poor and the planet.

The White House mustered all the pageantry it had to offer as the pope arrived Wednesday before adoring crowds of thousands and a nation that seemingly cannot get enough of the humble pontiff who is rejuvenating American Catholicism while giving heartburn to some of its conservatives.

Pope to canonize 18th-century missionary; not everyone happy

Pope Francis planned to canonize Junipero Serra during a Mass on Wednesday outside the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, the first canonization on U.S. soil.

The pope announced in January that Serra, a Franciscan friar from Spain revered by Roman Catholics for his missionary work, would become a saint. Francis fast-tracked his canonization by eliminating the need to show proof of two miracles. Serra was beatified in 1988.

Pope Francis arrives in the USA

Crowds at Andrews Air Force Base cheered as the pope's plane touched down. Shortly after, President Barack Obama walked from the air base's terminal to the plane, where the American flag and the Vatican flag are waving.

Pope Francis heads for US and a deeply divided Washington

The Pope is bringing his message to the world's wealthiest superpower and a country polarized over issues closest to his heart: immigration, social injustice and economic inequality.

President Barack Obama planned to greet Francis on the tarmac at Andrews Air Force Base upon his arrival from Cuba, according a rare honor to the pontiff.

Pope asks Virgin to fulfill Cubans' needs

The pope asked the Virgin to give Cubans "what they most desire and most need."

Two children gave him a copy of a century-old letter from islanders to Pope Benedict XV asking him to declare the Virgin the patroness of Cuba.

He now travels to the Cathedral of Santiago to bless families.

     

Video of Pope and Fidel Castro meeting

The Vatican described the 40-minute meeting at Castro's residence as informal and familial, with an exchange of books and discussion about big issues facing humanity, including Francis' recent encyclical on the environment and the global economic system.

Unlike the 2012 visit of Benedict XVI, when Castro peppered the German theologian with questions, the meeting with Francis was more of a conversation, according to papal Spokesman, the Reverend Frederico Lombardi.

VIDEO: Pope celebrates Mass in Cuba

People also lined the streets, many using umbrellas to shade themselves in the heat, as Francis travelled to the plaza in his popemobile.

He is the first pope to visit Cuba's third-largest city.

Francis was later due to travel to Santiago in south-eastern Cuba - before flying Into Washington on Tuesday for the US leg of his two-nation trip.

Pope meets Fidel Castro after warning against ideology

The Pope was delivering a subtle jab at the communist system during a Mass celebrated under the gaze of an image of Che Guevara in Havana's iconic Revolution Plaza.

The Vatican described the 40-minute meeting at Castro's residence as informal and familial, with an exchange of books and discussion about big issues facing humanity, including Francis' recent encyclical on the environment and the global economic system.

Pope in Cuba begs Colombia, rebels to end conflict

Fresh off his personal appeal to the U.S. and Cuban leaders to end their half-century of estrangement, Francis issued his plea to Colombia's warring factions from Revolution Plaza at the end of his Sunday Mass. Cuba has hosted peace talks for more than two years between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia and representatives of Bogota.

Francis said the talks face a "crucial" moment.