How Much Is Pope Francis's Visit Costing The U.S.?
The selection places the pontiff's visit among major national functions, like the presidential inauguration and the Super Bowl, that could become targets for attack, and streamlines any potential federal response. It also allows some budgeting for the event to come from the federal government, sharing the burden with the pope's destination cities.
But the tab to taxpayers remains unclear.
Some predict the total cost for the pope's Philadelphia visit will exceed $48 million. The World Meeting of Families, a major Catholic event drawing Pope Francis to the City of Brothery Love, has announced a $45 million comprehensive fundraising budget, according to Ken Gavin, director of communications for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.