Pope Francis won’t be visiting Philadelphia until September, but planning in the City of Brotherly Love is already in high gear.
Organizers say they’re tackling issues large and small: from buying and storing millions of Mass booklets and communion wafers, to housing and transporting more than 1 million expected visitors.
The papal visit will come on the tail end of the weeklong World Meeting of Families, a conference organized by the Pontifical Council for Families every three years.
About 15,000 people from 153 countries are expected to attend that event. But officials expect more than a million to come see Francis at a closing festival and public Mass the following day.
This will be the pope’s first trip to the U.S.