Pope Francis Obama US visit
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcome Pope Francis at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, for the pontiff\'s first visit to the US Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

Pope Francis' official five-day state visit to the US is well underway and he has been warmly welcomed by President Barack Obama. In his capacity as pontiff, Pope Francis also delivered the first-ever address to a joint session of the US Congress in which he urged lawmakers to open their hearts to new generations of immigrants and said that they must be viewed "with the same passion and compassion with which we want to be treated".

During his visit, the pope touched on economic inequality and ending the death penalty in the US. He also delivered a tough message on climate change in which he supported Obama's plan to cut carbon emissions and labelled his efforts "encouraging".

At a welcoming ceremony, the 78-year-old Catholic leader said: "It seems clear to me also that climate change is a problem which can no longer be left to a future generation. When it comes to the care of our common home, we are living at a critical moment of history."

Today (24 September), the pope will travel onwards to New York and tomorrow (25 September), he will address the UN General Assembly. He will then conduct a religious service at the site of the World Trade Center before an evening mass at Madison Square Garden.

On Saturday, Pope Francis will leave New York to begin the final leg of his US trip. The pope's full schedule for the rest of the week and live stream links are below. Catholic TV will also be covering the pope's visit. All times are British Summer Time (BST).

Thursday 24 September
18:15: Visit to St Patrick's Catholic Church, Washington D.C.
22:00: Arrival at John F Kennedy International Airport, New York

Friday 25 September
00:45: Evening prayer (vespers) at St Patrick's Cathedral, NYC. Live stream
13:30: Visit to the UN and address to the General Assembly. Live stream
16:30: Multi-religious service at 9/11 Memorial and Museum, World Trade Center
21:00: Visit to Our Lady Queen of Angels School, East Harlem
22:00: Procession through Central Park
23:00: Mass at Madison Square Garden

Saturday 26 September
15:30: Mass at Cathedral Basilica of Sts Peter and Paul, Philadelphia
21:45: Visit to Independence Mall

Sunday 27 September
00:30: Visit to the Festival of Families
14:15: Meeting with bishops, cardinals and seminarians at St Martin's Chapel, St Charles Borromeo Seminary
16:00: Visit to Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility
21:00: Mass for the conclusion of the World Meeting of Families

Monday 28 September
00:00: Visit with organisers, volunteers and benefactors of the World Meeting of Families, Atlantic Aviation