Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Information on Pope Francis visit

Over a million people are expected to see Pope Francis when he comes to Philadelphia on September 26-27 that marks the closing of the World Meeting of Families. His visit here will conclude his trip to North America which includes Cuba, New York and Washington DC. He will visit Independence Hall, celebrate World Meeting of Families and Mass on the Benjamin Parkway.

The World Meeting of Families Congress was created by St. John Paul II in 1994 to understand the role of families and give an opportunity to share challenges plus blessings. The congress is made up of people from 150 countries. Their meetings will be held at the convention center in Philadelphia from September 22-25.  Up to 10,000 to 15,000 are expected for the meetings.

The Festival of Families will take place on September 26 on the Benjamin Parkway. Music especially by Andrea Bocelli, visual artists, other music artists and Pope Francis will be at the festival. 

Be prepared to walk and dress appropriately for the weather. Major cellphone carriers are organizing more cell coverage all over Center City. Free wifi will be available and charging stations. More than 3,000 porta potties will be available and 300 will be wheelchair accessible.

Handicapped seating hasn't been determined as of yet. Multiple medical areas will be around for medical emergencies.

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