By Kenneth Lipp
Philadelphia’s administrators have been preparing at length for what Mayor Michael Nutter said he expects to be “the largest event in the city’s modern history,” the visit by Pope Francis to the city in September. Authorities have stated their expectation that as many as a million will come to town for the papal appearance.
Catholic News reported: “Security concerns will need to be coordinated among the Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania State Police, the federal Secret Service and FBI, and police contingents from Italy and the Vatican.”
According the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 website, it would seem the department is prepared enough to step back a bit. The FOP site posts that Philly Police Commissioner Ramsey rescinded an order that “‘there will be no vacation/holiday during the Papal Visit, 09/21/15 to 09/28/15’.
The site says that vacation will not be prohibited but considered “restricted.”