The U.S. had previously suspended foreign assistance to the country following the military coup. The State Department called for an immediate return to civil rule.
Following court decisions this past week, Oregon and Pennsylvania became the 18th and 19th states to recognize gay marriage. Only North Dakota has a ban in place that's not under legal challenge.
Francis is only the fourth pontiff to visit the Holy Land in 2,000 years. Francis will make stops in the West Bank and Jerusalem during a three-day visit.