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Catholics in New York may have the chance to see the pope as his holiness will reportedly expand his papal visit in the U.S. in September to include New York City and Washington D.C.
According to the Philippine National Police, over 40,000 troops as well as air force and snipers will be assigned for Pope Francis' protection. Moreover, the Presidential Security Group will provide close-in security.
Pope Francis is scheduled to arrive in the Philippines next week to pay a visit to the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan that hit the country in 2013. Part of his itinerary is to have a meal with these survivors.
Aside from the U.S., countries including China, Australia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Canada, Brunei, Indonesia, Thailand, and the U.K. also expressed their intention to extend their aid to the Philippines. Philippines' National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Executive Director Alexander Pama confirmed that the assistance readily available includes personnel, resources and relief goods.