Feds: Police, but no screening on Ben Franklin Bridge for papal visit

The Secret Service says pedestrians should expect some kind of law enforcement presence on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge during Pope Francis’ visit next month.

But the agency, which is in charge of security for the pope’s visit to Philadelphia, said Friday neither the Secret Service nor the city of Philadelphia will be screening papal visitors walking across the bridge.

The Delaware River Port Authority, which operates the bridge, says it is not discussing its security plans at this time.

The bridge will be closed to all vehicles except trains during the pope’s visit the weekend of Sept. 26-27.

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The Secret Service says it will eventually publish a list of prohibited items but the restrictions will apply only to people accessing specific papal venues in Center City Philadelphia.

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