On pope visit checklist: lots of communion wafers

AP News
Posted: Dec 24, 2014 12:42 PM
On pope visit checklist: lots of communion wafers

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — 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.