The calm before the Pope in Philadelphia

The calm before the Pope in Philadelphia
Many streets were blocked off to vehicles, creating an eerie scene in Philadelphia. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Many streets were blocked off to vehicles, creating an eerie scene in Philadelphia. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

PHILADELPHIA, PA (WAVE) - While Pope Francis wrapped up a busy 40 hours in New York City, it was the calm before the Pope in Philadelphia. The Pope is arriving Saturday around 9:30 a.m. 

Friday night metal detectors were set up and security was high in Philly. Many streets were blocked off to vehicles, creating an eerie scene. Some people, like the Timmons family from Illinois, took advantage of the extra space after a week spent in a hotel room. 

"When we found street open going outside play sports now in street," Angela Timmons said.

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Those who live in downtown Philadelphia said it was a scene unlike anything they had ever witnessed.

"This is ridiculous on a Friday afternoon to have people playing football on streets of Philadelphia on a Friday night is nuts," Philadelphia resident Shawn Reid said. 

While the streets may have been dead, the hills were still alive. We caught a special showing of the movie The Sound of Music.  In the audience were The Sisters of St. Joseph The Worker from Walton, Kentucky.  

They said they hope to get close to Pope Francis.

"He's the Pope of surprises. He may stop the motorcade and we get to see him. Never know," Mother Christina Murray said.

He did just that in Madison Square Garden - although Sister Faustina Zugelder may have another an idea.

"We need a cute little kid with us is what we need," Sister Faustina Zugelder said laughing. 

The Sisters said if the Pope flew to the United States all the way from Rome then they could make the nine hour drive from Walton, Kentucky to Philadelphia.

The Pope is expected to arrive at 9:39 Saturday morning and is slated to take part in the Festival of Families with Italian singer Andrea Bocelli Saturday night.

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