By Mark Abrams
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Pope Francis is coming to Philadelphia at the end of September. But he won’t be staying in Center City in one of the five-star hotels while he’s in town. Instead, plans are shaping up for the pontiff to take up temporary residence in a “gated community” at the edge of the city.
Philadelphia’s Archbishop Charles Chaput says he hasn’t received the official word yet from the Vatican, but he’s already planning on hosting Pope Francis at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Lower Merion.
Chaput says it’s customary for the pope to stay with the bishop of a diocese when he visits.
Since Chaput lives at the seminary, where young men are studying for the priesthood, the plans are in high gear there to make the pope’s two-day stay as comfortable as possible.
And, the archbishop says he’ll have help from the seminarians.
“I’m not the only one hosting the pope at the seminary,” Chaput says. “They will be doing that, too. And, I’m sure that they will be looking for every opportunity to see him, but also to greet him. And, he is, as you know, a very friendly man and he will not keep them at a distance. Certainly he loves seminarians, he pays attention to them and they’d be hugely disappointed if they don’t see the man who’s staying on the property with them.”
Chaput says the Secret Service will be in charge of the pope’s security during his visit, including watching over the Holy Father as he sleeps and takes his meals at the seminary.