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Philadelphia Officials Prep For The Pope’s Potential Visit To The City

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By Mike Dunn

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It’s not yet certain if the Pope himself will be coming to Philadelphia, but Mayor Nutter says the city must be prepared in case.

Mayor Nutter is arriving in Rome to get a jump start on the planning Philadelphia must do for the World Meeting of Families:

“There are an incredible amount of details and logistics and security issues, provisions for what could be more than a million people in Philadelphia, possibly two million. The Secret Service, the Department of Homeland Security, and a bunch of agencies. I mean, there are a lot of people who will need to be involved.”

So for Nutter this Rome trip goes far beyond simply a chance to meet the Pope:

“We need to meet with the people who work on security for the Pope. We need to work with the folks who have actually put on the World Meeting of Families in other cities. We have to better understand what the World Meeting of Families is looking for and expecting in Philadelphia.”

The Pope’s participation is by no means certain, but Nutter says the months of planning that lie ahead will be based on that possibility:

“My focus is that we are prepared for that hopeful participation and appearance. Regardless of what happens, we’ll be fully prepared and engaged and ready.”

Nutter will be with the Governor and Archbishop Wednesday for an audience with Pope Francis, and he’s not yet sure what he’ll say:

“I have not yet figured that out. I plan to have a conversation with my mother. And I’m going to take some advice from my mom.”

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