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Philly-Area Families Asked to Host Visitors for Pope's Trip

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    Got space to spare? With possibly more than 1.5 million people headed to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families and a public appearance with Pope Francis, the Catholic church has teamed up with Homestay to find people of all faiths willing to open their homes to the faithful.
    Get information on the Homestay program (Published Friday, Nov. 28, 2014)

    Residents in the Philadelphia area are being asked to show some brotherly love to those coming to see Pope Francis next year.

    To help accommodate the expected crowds, officials hope more than 10,000 families will volunteer to host visitors in their spare bedrooms.

    Francis plans to attend the Roman Catholic-sponsored World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in September. Area hotel rooms are filling up fast, and event planners have even looked at hotels 90 miles away in Baltimore.

    So far, more than 100 families have registered to welcome guests through the company Homestay, which is coordinating the effort.

    Homes Needed to Host Visitors During Pope Visit

    [PHI] Homes Needed to Host Visitors During Pope Visit
    Philadelphia is being ask to show some brotherly love and sisterly affection to incoming visitors during Pope Francis' visit to the city next year's World Meeting of Families. (Published Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014)

    Event organizers estimate up to 15,000 people will attend the conference, which focuses on strengthening family bonds.

    More than 1.5 million pilgrims are expected for the pope's two public appearances.