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Mexico prepares for pope, millions of visitors

by AP posted Mar 16 2012 12:12PM



LEON, Mexico (AP) - One hundred fifty-thousand communion wafers? Check.

Campsites for 350,000? Check.

Three hand-embroidered papal souvenir sombreros? Check.

Official song? Check.

It takes a lot to prepare for the coming of the pope and the 3 million people the host Archdiocese of Leon says he is expected to draw. Facades must be spiffed; campgrounds must be sprayed for dengue-bearing mosquitoes. The visit of Pope Benedict XVI begins in just a week and Mexico's central state of Guanajuato is scrambling to get ready.

The city of Guanajuato is repairing and repainting some 200 buildings the pope will pass on his way to meet President Felipe Calderon. Mexico's presidential guard service is amassing thousands of officers to provide security.

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Topics : Religion_Belief
Location : GuanajuatoLeon
03/16/2012 12:12PM
Mexico prepares for pope, millions of visitors
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