On Pope visit checklist: lots of communion wafers

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.

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