As the culmination of the World Meeting of Families, Pope Francis is coming to Philadelphia.
The pontiff’s two-day visit will include a public address at Independence Hall on Saturday, Sept. 26, and a public mass on Sunday, Sept. 27, on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
The city, as well as Penn, has been preparing for the pope’s arrival, and the festivities that will accompany his visit.
In this edition of By The Numbers, the Current delves into the facts and figures of one of the most anticipated events in the city’s long and storied history.
|2 million||Approximate number of people expected to travel to Philadelphia for the papal visit.|
|300||Number of volunteers from the Penn Newman Center who will be assisting with the Sunday papal mass.|
|1994||Year in which the World Meeting of Families was founded. It was established in Rome by Pope John Paul II to explore the critical role the family plays in society. Held every three years, it is the largest gathering of Catholic families in the world.|
|1||Number of popes who have come from the Americas. Pope Francis, born Jorge Mario Bergoglio in Argentina in 1936, is the first.|
|46||Number of years Pope Francis has been a priest. He was ordained by Archbishop Ramón José Castellano on Dec. 13, 1969.|