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Pope meets baby pope on final day of US tour

Pope Francis was rolling in the aisles at the sight of baby Quinn dressed in full papal regalia.

The infant, daughter of Daniel Madden and his wife Dana, was swept up by the security guard and presented to the Pontiff as he paraded through Philadelphia in his popemobile.

In a video, shared by local news channel 6ABC Action News, the pope kisses the child before whispering to the security guard.

He told the family the Pope commended their "great sense of humour."

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Video via 6abc News

Pope Francis later held mass at on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, completing his visit of the US.

Obama welcomes Pope Francis to the US

President Obama has welcomed Pope Francis to the United States.

Mr Obama said "the size and spirit of today’s gathering is just a small reflection of the deep devotion of some 70 million American Catholics".

Mr Obama spoke about the scripture’s call to “lift up the poor and the marginalized, to stand up for justice and against inequality.”

You remind us that “the Lord’s most powerful message” is mercy. That means welcoming the stranger with empathy and a truly open heart – from the refugee who flees war torn lands, to the immigrant who leaves home in search of a better life. It means showing compassion and love for the marginalized and the outcast, those who have suffered, and those who seek redemption.

– President Obama


Pope Francis calls for Cuban 'revolution of tenderness'

Pope Francis has celebrated Mass at Cuba's holiest shrine in the sanctuary of the Virgin of Charity of El Cobre, Cuba's holiest shrine in the shadow of the Sierra Maestra mountains.

The Pope used his third and last Mass on the island to call for a "revolution of tenderness" and renewal of faith.

Pope Francis prays inside the sanctuary of the Virgin of Charity in El Cobre, Cuba. Credit: Reuters
Pope Francis talks with children at the sanctuary. Credit: Reuters

Pope meets former Cuban president Fidel Castro

Pope meets former Cuban president Fidel Castro Credit: Reuters

Pope Francis has met Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro as part of his nine-day trip to Cuba and the US.

The Pope called on the 89-year-old former president at his home, a Vatican spokesman said, and gave him several of his official papal writings, as well as two books on spirituality and a book and CD on the writings of Father Armando Llorente, a Jesuit priest who taught Castro in secondary school.

Fidel Castro led the Cuban government from 1959 until he resigned for health reasons, provisionally in 2006 and then definitively in 2008, handing power to his older brother, Raul.

Earlier on Sunday the Pope celebrated Mass in Havana's Revolution Square.

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