Pope Benedict XVI returned to Rome on Thursday from a visit to Mexico and Cuba, his 23rd trip abroad since his election in 2005.
His plane touch down at the Italian capital's Ciampino airport at around 10:30 am (0830 GMT), arriving from Havana's Jose Marti airport.
Benedict, who leads the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, began his Latin American trip in Mexico on Friday. On both his stops, the pontiff celebrated Mass attended by hundreds of thousands.
In communist-ruled Cuba where he arrived on Monday, the pontiff also met with former president Fidel Castro.
The pontiff, who turns 85 next month, faces a busy schedule during the upcoming Catholic Holy Week when he will preside several religious celebrations, culminating with Easter on April 8.
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