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Six papal visit topics Nutter raised with our editors

Mayor Nutter met Thursday with the editorial boards of the Inquirer and Daily News to discuss the visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia the weekend of Sept. 26-27. Here are some highlights.

Mayor Nutter met Thursday with the editorial boards of the Inquirer and Daily News to discuss the visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia the weekend of Sept. 26-27. Here are some highlights:

1. The city's weekly briefing on the papal visit set for Thursday afternoon will cover the impact on business. Next week it will be about the impact on residents.

2. Seventy Secret Service agents arrived in the city last week to go door-to-door to talk to business owners about helping them get their workers to their jobs that weekend.

3. Mayor Nutter calls the papal visit the largest and most complicated event in the city since the 1876 Centennial. He said the city did not apply for the World Meeting of Families, which is bringing the pope to the city, but that the Vatican "chose us."

4. The city is still planning for 1 million to 1.5 million people to come into the city for the pope.

5. Nutter acknowledged that the slow flow of information "has not necessarily been the number one perfect way" to get the news out. But he added security issues have prevented the city from putting everything out in public all at once. It's against the law to release secret information about the security of a head of state, he said.

6. Nutter said meetings with Secret Service, which is in overall charge of papal security, have varied from polite conversations to "some which can't be printed." Still, the city has accepted some of their recommendations they have accepted: We've accepted some of their recommendations they've accepted "many of ours."