The countdown to meet the Holy Father, Pope Francis, begins as he makes his way to the U.S. for the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. The beloved Pope will try to resonate with people from all over the world as he reminds people that love should be the motivation for every person, which goes with the theme of this year’s meeting: “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.” In what is to be the largest gathering of Catholic families in the world, it will surely be an anticipating event. Although the Pope is highly acclaimed, he continues to show humility and therefore is deeply loved by Catholics and all people of faith.
As the Papal visit draws near, people are showing their love in various ways. You may think people will prepare for the event by doing some holy fast, but on the contrary the city of Philly is getting ready with some “blessed beer” and other “edible swag.” The blessed beer is brewed with water blessed by a local priest, but if you want something non-alcoholic, you can try some toast with Pope Francis’ face. Don’t forget about the t-shirts that are available online for sale that shows love for Pope Francis. You can also have a special memorabilia by getting a picture with the Pope with this standee. It makes you wonder if this is a religious observance or a festival with your favorite person on stage.
If you plan to witness this historic event, please be advised to maximize efficiency when you are looking for a way to travel. There is an estimated 1.5 million visitors coming and 1.5 million residents who already live and work in Philadelphia so it is necessary to organize your commute. The City of Philadelphia has made transportation a priority and thoroughly presented a diagram for the Papal visit. Rally Bus is also working with registered operators to get people to and from the gathering so avoid the hassle and ride with Rally Bus.