Doug Bedell — September 16, 2015, 2:03 pm

Pope Francis’ Visit a Special Security Challenge

Pope Francis’ trip to the U.S. later this month is presenting officials in New York and elsewhere with a special security challenge. Indeed, notes an Associated Press story, the pope’s visit to New York, from Sept. 24 to Sept. 26, is considered a National Special Security Event, making the Secret Service the lead agency for security planning.

“Francis,” the AP reports, “is to address world leaders at the United Nations, preside over a service at the 9/11 memorial, participate in a procession through Central Park, visit a local school and celebrate Mass at Madison Square Garden. The agenda, combined with the popular pope’s habit of going off-script and mixing with crowds, has created an “unprecedented challenge” for law enforcement, New York Police Commissioner William Bratton said.”

The pope will also be in Philadelphia Sept. 26 and 27 before returning to Rome on the evening of the 27th.

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