World Meeting head says pope's economic impact growing

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 23, 2015 9:31 AM

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In this photo taken on Sunday, July 12, 2015, Pope Francis smiles as he meets the media during an airborne press conference aboard the airplane directed to Rome, at the end of his Apostolic journey in Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay.


(Fairless Hills) -- The president of the World Meeting of Families says the estimate of the economic impact of Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia in September continues to grow.

Bob Ciaruffoli says a study done by the group, which is hosting the pope, estimated the economic impact at $418 million.

The group now believes that will surpass $500 million based on the growing number of expected visitors.

 He says the World Meeting has secured hotel rooms from as far away as Atlantic City and the Poconos to accommodate the crowds coming to see the pope.

The initial estimate was based on the assumption that visitors would stay in the city and its immediate suburbs.

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