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Philadelphia prepares for mega event: hosting Pope Francis

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.

White House: Philly abortion trial is 'unsettling'

WASHINGTON (RNS) "Certainly, the things that you hear and read about this case are unsettling," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said about the grizzly details emerging from the trial of Philadelphia abortion provider Kermit Gosnell.