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Pope Francis is likely to meet world leaders in New York as well as President Obama and congressional leaders in Washington on a trip planned for September. (Associated Press)

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Pope Francis, an Argentine who has never visited the U.S., said he planned to visit Washington and New York City as part of his trip to the World Meeting of Families, which is scheduled for September in Philadelphia. (Associated Press)

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Pope Francis, wearing a flower garland, waves to faithful as he arrives to Our Lady of Madhu shrine, in Madhu, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, Pool)

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Pope Francis receives a saffron-colored robe from Hindu Kurukkal SivaSri T. Mahadeva during a meeting of representatives of the major faiths on the island at Bandaranaike Memorial International center in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Ettore Ferrari, pool)

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By aligning with Pope Francis, President Obama can highlight agreement on issues with one of the world's most respected figures. (Associated Press)

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Bishops attend the beatification ceremony of Pope Paul VI, and a mass for the closing of of a two-week synod on family issues, celebrated by Pope Francis, in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

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In this photo provided by Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis blows candles on a cake during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Pope Francis got a cake, cards and a tango demonstration for his 78th birthday Wednesday, and 800 kilograms of chicken meat for the poor. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan listens to Pope Francis during a meeting at the Presidential palace in Ankara, Turkey, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici) ** FILE **

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In his address to synod participants, Pope Francis said the church has one year "to mature, with true spiritual discernment, the proposed ideas and to find concrete solutions to so many difficulties and innumerable challenges that families must confront." (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

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Pope Francis attends a morning session of a two-week synod on family issues at the Vatican, Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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Pope Francis kisses a child as he arrives for his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

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Pope Francis attends a Vespers prayer in the Church of Jesus, in Rome, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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Pope Francis holds his weekly general audience, in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

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Pope Francis waves to the crowd from his popemobile as he arrives for his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

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Slavery is one of the themes Pope Francis will discuss in his 2015 World Day of Peace message. Here, he looks at two children as they free doves during his Angelus prayer. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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Pope Francis called to console the Foley family after their photojournalist son was killed by the Islamic State. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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Pope Francis meets with bishops during his visit to the Shrine of Haemi in South Korea. The pontiff earlier beatified 124 Korean martyrs who died in the 18th and 19th centuries. (associated press)

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South Korean President Park Geun-hye and Pope Francis walk together before a welcoming ceremony at the presidential Blue House in Seoul. Pope Francis became the first pontiff in 25 years to visit South Korea. (Associated Press)

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South Korean President Park Geun-hye, left, leads Pope Francis after a welcome ceremony at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. Pope Francis became the first pontiff in 25 years to visit South Korea on Thursday, bringing a message of peace and reconciliation to the war-divided peninsula. (AP Photo/Kim Hong-ji, Pool)