Philadelphia prepares for mega event: hosting Pope Francis

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A general view of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway is seen from the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art looking towards City Hall in Philadelphia on November 17, 2014. As part of the events surrounding the World Meeting of Families -- Philadelphia 2015 set to be held September 22-27, 2015, Pope Francis will celebrate a papal Mass on the parkway that is expected to draw over 1 million worshippers, according to Donna Crilley Farrell, executive director, World Meeting of Families -- Philadelphia 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Tom Mihalek
*Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-PHILLY-POPE, originally transmitted on April 20, 2015.

A general view of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway is seen from the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art looking towards City Hall in Philadelphia on November 17, 2014. As part of the events surrounding the World Meeting of Families -- Philadelphia 2015 set to be held September 22-27, 2015, Pope Francis will celebrate a papal Mass on the parkway that is expected to draw over 1 million worshippers, according to Donna Crilley Farrell, executive director, World Meeting of Families -- Philadelphia 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Tom Mihalek *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-PHILLY-POPE, originally transmitted on April 20, 2015.

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PHILADELPHIA (RNS) The city is experienced in holding events for crowds of 1 million-plus. But this one differs not only in size but in the number of security organizations involved: the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, the CIA, the Secret Service, the Italian police force, the Swiss Guard, as well as city and state police.

  • opheliart

    ” Advance preparations for the wildly popular Pope Francis, due in Philadelphia five months from now, might rival the miracle of Jesus feeding the 5,000.”

    The pope IS Jesus’ rival, Mary Beth. Jesus’ rival is called DOGMATIC RELIGION. Jesus called people OUT of doctrinal disparity and male dominion, and into a sustaining life of Spirit Awareness …

    Praise for this:

    http://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2015/03/21/chile-bishop-ordained-amid-protest-over-alleged-sex-cover-up

    http://www.snapnetwork.org/watchdog_group_alleges_pope_francis_covered_up_sex_abuse

    What a WILD idea—some might think it insane, but not a new one …

  • Fran

    Not only did Jesus miraculously feed 5,000 people, but he also healed them of infirmities, sickness, disease, blindness, even death, which the Pope cannot even consider doing.

    More importantly, though, Jesus provided the common people of his day with comforting spiritual truths, spiritual refreshment, and hope for a marvelous future; compared to the burdensome traditions diligently imposed by the religious leaders in his day. The same can be said of religious leaders today as well as in this instance.

    The Pope does not draw attention to the kingdom of God or heavenly government (Daniel 2:44) as the only hope for mankind on earth, which Jesus and his disciples did (Matthew 4:17), as well as being done by true Christians today (Matthew 24:14).

  • Neon Genesis

    You people are taking a hyperbolic metaphor too seriously but what else is new with fundies?

  • opheliart

    The Pope is Corporate Religion. But is he Christianity’s Corporate God?

  • Richard

    How much did they pay for that portrayal of the Holy Family? Our Lady Mary looks like a 14 year old boy substituting for his sister at a Nativity play; the Christ Child looks both pouty and toady; and dear St Joseph looks like the guy in my neighborhood that had the BEST gyros and falafel. It’s the 21st century…..this is the best they could do?

  • Stan

    Jesus couldn’t ride a Nimbus 2000 as well as world-class seeker Potter could. Jesus was just a local armature in a book of fairy tales.

  • Stan

    Christianity is a mega-corporation with megabucks that it reaps from easily fooled dummies.

  • Stan

    Christ got pouty when he found he couldn’t ride a Nimbus 2000 like Harry Potter.

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