Food and family at the forefront of Pope Francis’ Philly visit

Reading Terminal Market was buzzing with business Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, ahead of Pope Francis' visit. (WOOD TV8)

PHILADELPHIA (WOOD)—Anticipation and the crowds are growing in Philadelphia as the city prepares to welcome Pope Francis.

The Holy See will spend Saturday and Sunday in Philadelphia, leading to unprecedented levels of security.

Tight security isn’t stopping people from taking in all the city has to offer, including the historic Reading Terminal Market.

The “City of Brotherly Love” loves its food, and food is what visitors will find at the 124-year-old market.

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Reading Terminal Market boasts 76 vendors serving up cuisine from around the world, in addition to world-famous Philly cheesesteaks.

“It’s a family oriented place. Most of our businesses are run by generations of family members,” explained Sarah Levitsky.

Family is the focus of the pope’s visit to Philadelphia, as he wraps up his visit to the U.S. with the World Meeting of Families, which is expected to draw 1.5 million people.

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For a lot of families in Philadelphia, faith and food have always gone hand-in-hand.

“I hope they take back this message,” said Msgr. Thomas Murray of Philadelphia. “[We’re] trying to bring everyone together, certainly on key issues.”

“It’s amazing. Unfortunately, I’m going to walk out of the city plus 10 pounds larger. The food’s been that great,” said John Salazar of Denver.

Pope Francis will arrive in Philadelphia around 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

He’ll deliver mass an hour later at the Basilica of St. Peter and Paul.

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The pope also plans to visit Independence Hall before joining the World Meeting of Families.

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