Philly in full preparation mode for pope’s visit

Dec 28, 2014 719

by Natalie Pompilio

A quick look at the to-do list of a city preparing for a papal visit:

•Design and print Mass booklets, about 2 million of them in multiple languages.

•Solicit volunteers, at least 7,000 but as many as 10,000. Do background checks on each one.

•Stock up on Communion wafers. Again, millions.

Pope Francis' scheduled trip to Philadelphia is still nine months away, but planning for his first U.S. visit began months ago. Preparing for the event, predicted to draw more than 1 million people to the city, is an exhausting, multi-agency effort.

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