“He’s kind of a center of unity for the whole world, whether you’re Christian or not,” Archbishop Chaput told KYW Newsradio, “so this development has been a great blessing for the world community.”
Organizers of the World Meeting of Families are actively working with local tourism groups to come up with a “nightlife” for the thousands who will be visiting Philadelphia.
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Residents of the Philadelphia area are being asked to show some brotherly love to those coming to see Pope Francis next year.
Archbishop Chaput is just back from meetings at the Vatican, where the pope confirmed a week ago he will be visiting Philadelphia at the end of next September.
The pope plans to attend a World Meeting of Families event in late September and lead an outdoor Mass.
DNC officials say the list of potential host cities for the 2016 nominating convention is now down to just Philadelphia, New York, and Columbus, Ohio.
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.