Pre-owned papal fencing

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Some of the fencing for papal events in Philadelphia still has some evidence from a past use: Pope fence --or time machine? pic.twitter.com/OxHs2gNyTq —... Read more

Security lesson: Granola bars OK, but not apples

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The hundreds lined along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway erupted into cheers, waving in all directions - or whichever direction they thought... Read more

Airport prepares for pope's arrival

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Pope Francis is due to arrive at Philadelphia International Airport Saturday morning. The Bishop Shanahan High School marching band is ready... Read more

Inside papal Mass preparations at the Basilica

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Here's the scene inside the Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter and Paul, where Pope Francis will celebrate Mass on Saturday morning: Cathedral... Read more

Independence Mall checkpoint frustration mounts

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The 4th and Chestnut security entrance to the Independence Hall area opened at 7:05 a.m., an hour and five minutes late. The long wait caused... Read more

Confusion over food for homeless during papal visit

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There was some confusion Friday over the promised food vouchers that the city plans on distributing to homeless people whose routines have been disrupted by the Pope's visit. Read more

How to make a safety plan for papal events

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Philadelphia's Office of Emergency Management recommends those attending the World Meeting of Families and papal events make safety plans in... Read more

Outreach workers get homeless to leave the Parkway

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Shortly before midnight Thursday, it was a final few hands of the regular LOVE Park pinochle game for Willie Smith, 54, a truck driver who... Read more

In Philly, first security checkpoints go up

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The first checkpoints are now in place as security perimeters start to go into effect for the weekend papal visit. The Benjamin Franklin Parkway... Read more

Highlights: Nutter briefing on papal visit

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Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, city tourism officials and others held a final briefing in advance of this weekend's papal visit. Read more

Twitterverse in Philly: Calm before the papal storm?

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As preparations for this weekend's papal visit pick up, some Philadelphians are noticing: It's oddly quiet out there. Read more

Setup scenes: Jumbotrons and barriers

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Scenes from around the city as preparations move into full swing for Pope Francis' visit. Morning coffee on Fairmount. pic.twitter.com/SmDEI2xXjb —... Read more

Papal mass tickets gone in 30 seconds

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All 10,000 free tickets the Archdiocese of Philadelphia made available for fans to attend the Papal Mass on the evening of Sept. 27 were gobbled... Read more

Walking routes to papal events, banned items announced

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The Secret Service, city and state authorities have announced pedestrian routes for the pope's public events on Sept. 26 and 27, along with a lengthy list of what not to bring. Read more

Pope Francis expert: Papal panic nothing new

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Austen Ivereigh, who wrote the Francis biography “The Great Reformer,” has two reassuring observations - none of the Philly papal panic is new and once the Holy Father gets here, it’ll all be a distant memory: Read more

Plans for homeless during pope visit ongoing

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Plans for Pope Francis’ visit to the Parkway will include considerations for the homeless who frequently sleep there, organizers reiterated... Read more