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THE PAPAL VISIT
    2015-09-09  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

    Pope Francis has not been to the United States of America. In just a few weeks, however, he will be visiting New York, Washington, and my own city, Philadelphia, for the World Meeting of Families 2015. The World Meeting of Families is the largest Catholic gathering of families, held every three years since its inception by Saint John Paul II in 1994. The city of Philadelphia has been preparing for the two-day visit since the Pope’s announcement in 2014; now that there are less than 20 days to go, nearly everyone living in the area can discuss nothing else.

    The Pope will arrive on the 26th and hold mass. That afternoon, he will speak about religious liberty and immigration at the historic Independence Mall. On the 27th, he will meet with bishops in the morning and then visit a correctional facility to speak with inmates. Finally, to conclude the papal visit, mass will be held at Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 4 p.m.

    Philadelphia has long been organizing itself to make for a smooth few days. Hotels, restaurants and other service providers in the area have been preparing to accommodate the 2 million people expected to pour into the city.

    Philadelphia’s mayor has ordered a fence be built around security perimeters in preparation for the visit. The trains will be operating under a modified schedule, servicing only those with specially approved tickets to enter the city. Traffic blocks detailing closures of major highways leading into and out of Philadelphia as well as schedules for taxi drivers have been released for those who will be driving in.

    Starting on the 24th, those within the city will not be able to leave it and those out of the city will not be let in. Mile after mile of roadway will be closed for pedestrian traffic. Just recently, a mural featuring the Pope’s likeness was painted in anticipation of the big week, and cardboard cutout figures of him have begun appearing as well. Even when walking through Philadelphia last month, I passed by many a street vendor selling shirts, mugs, and bobblehead dolls bearing the Pope’s face and name.

    Because I go to a Catholic school, my classes will be canceled for the three days of the Pope’s visit. Many of my teachers and classmates will be among the thousands of families flocking into Philly to see and hear the Pope. Still more are opening their homes to those who are traveling in from other parts of the country and the globe for the papal visit.

    The papal visit is indeed a once-in-a-lifetime occasion, and the buzz of excitement and anticipation is undoubtedly palpable, especially as a student at a Catholic school situated just 45 minutes away from where the Pope will be speaking with millions of people. It is truly as big a deal as the entire city of Philadelphia is making it out to be.

    Merry Gu (辜子蕊)

    is a Grade 9 student who lives in Pennsylvania, the United States.

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