Washington, D.C. is getting ready for Pope Francis' two day visit this week by prepping for the crowds, additional security and massive street closures. Jennifer Davis reports.
Washington, D.C. is putting finishing touches in place in advance of Pope Francis' visit which begins on Tuesday and runs through Thursday. There is flurry of last minute activity at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception where the Pope will canonize a saint on Wednesday according to the church's communication's director Jacquelyn Hayes. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BASILICA COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR JACQUELYN HAYES SAYING: "We are expecting 25,000 people here. Fifteen thousand will be seated so those seats you see are being laid out right now. The alter is being set, the sanctuary - so we are in the final throws of putting this together for 25,000 people to be here with the Pope." Officials say more than one million people asked to attend the Mass. Eight thousand members of the media requested to attend papal events in Washington, D.C., New York and Philadelphia, and thousands are expected to follow the Pope wherever he goes. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BASILICA COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR JACQUELYN HAYES SAYING: "Only people with a ticket will be allowed to enter, and those tickets given out free through the parishes, however we anticipate there are so many people who will do anything to see the Holy Father so outside the perimeter we have no idea who will show." The nation's capital is prepping for increased security that will involve lots of road closures. Temporary metal gates are being installed around the National Mall and other points the Pope will visit, including the Vatican Embassy where he is staying, and the White House. The pontiff meets President Obama Wednesday morning, and will become the first Pope to speak before a joint session of Congress on Thursday.