It’s more than ten months away, but SEPTA is already preparing for the Pope’s visit next fall.
The hotels in the city are expected to fill up first and then the suburban counties around Philadelphia will help accommodate the overflow.
The hotels and historic sites have ten months to get ready. Most visitors will be encouraged to stay with host families.
News that Pope Francis will visit Philadelphia next year is sparking excitement within Catholic parishes across the city.
As many as 2 million people are expected to flood the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for a Papal Mass in September 2015 as Pope Francis becomes the fourth Pope to visit the U.S., only the second to visit the City of Brotherly Love.
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey says the department is working with a network of agencies, including the FBI and Secret Service, to provide security and crowd control for the upcoming Papal Visit.
In an remarks offered Monday morning from the Vatican, Pope Francis formally announced his intention to attend the World Meeting of families in Philadelphia in September.
It is expected that Pope Francis will take part in events on the Ben Franklin Parkway both Saturday, Sept. 26th, and Sunday, Sept. 27th.
Ten thousand letters from Catholic school students in the Archdiocese are being sent to the Pope – filled with heart-felt appeals – to visit Philadelphia next September.
Significant progress has been made in finalizing some of the plans for the Vatican-sponsored World Meeting of Families planned for Philadelphia in September 2015.
The World Meeting of Families, scheduled for next September in Philadelphia, has announced an all-star lineup of speakers. Will it also include the first visit of Pope Francis to the United States?
Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput suggests the subject of same-sex marriage could dominate the debate at this week’s conference in Baltimore.
The words came in an address to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, where the Pope told the group at the Vatican that there was no contradiction between believing in God, as well as the Big Bang Theory for the expansion of the Universe.
A two-week meeting of Catholic bishops at the Vatican is over and new language on the Church’s view of gays and other issues has been rejected. Now, area Catholics are reacting to the outcome.
A Philadelphia-based theology professor says the bishops, , despite their statement about welcoming gays, aren’t proposing any change in Catholic doctrine on homosexuality at this time.