Pope Visit By The Numbers: From 1.5M in Philadelphia to 7K Cops in NYC
NBC News – Pope Francis' six-day visit spanning three U.S. cities is being touted as a historic trip — thanks to the popularity of this pontiff and what he has on his plate.
His itinerary through Sunday includes addressing Congress, the United Nations, a Mass at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan and outdoor events on Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia.
Here's how the Holy Father's first time on American soil appears to be stacking up:
Organizers of the World Meeting of the Families conference estimate some 1 million people could fill the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Saturday for a festival, while even more — 1.5 million — could attend the papal Mass there on Sunday afternoon.
The number of portable toilets — one for every 250 people — set up for the public in Philadelphia, according to provider A Royal Flush Inc. That amounts to about 60,000 rolls of toilet paper to be used each day, Philly.com reported.
How many times the pope is expected to make public remarks as he attends various events in D.C., New York and Philadelphia, according to TODAY.com. He's expected to speak mostly in Spanish — his mother tongue — but will also speak in English at least four times.
The number of people rolling in the pope's entourage, including a police chief, two Swiss guards and a translator, according to the Crux, which covers Catholic issues for The Boston Globe.
The number of uniformed cops who will be on the streets of New York — in addition to the several thousand undercover officers — on Friday. That's when Francis is scheduled to address the U.N. General Assembly for its 70th anniversary, with 150 foreign delegations expected to be there.
That's how many people entered a lottery to win a pair of tickets to the pope's procession through New York's Central Park on Friday, the mayor's office said. In total, 80,000 winners snagged an invite.
The number of seats available to worshipers when Francis holds Mass at Madison Square Garden, according to the Archdiocese of New York. The event will include56 confessional stations, a 125-member choir and 10,000 rosaries for sale, The New York Times reported.
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