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Pope Francis, in case you haven’t heard, will be visiting the United States in the fall of 2015.

The pope confirmed earlier this month that he will attend the eighth World Meeting of Families, which will be held from Sept. 22 to 27, 2015, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Preparations have since been underway in anticipation of Pope Francis’ visit

He will be the fourth reigning pope to visit the U.S.: Paul VI visited in 1965, John Paul II visited a total of seven times, and Pope Benedict XVI visited in 2008.

Event organizers expect about 15,000 attendees at the meeting, which will lead up to Pope Francis’ public appearances on Sept. 26 and 27. Around 1.5 million people are expected to be in attendance on those days. The pope’s appearances will include a festival and a Mass on Benjamin Franklin Parkway, a boulevard running through the heart of Philadelphia. Read more…

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