Pope Francis presents security challenges for U.S. Secret Service

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WIVB) — He’s a pope that’s full of surprises, and that means he presents some security challenges for the officers keeping him safe while on U.S. soil.

Law enforcement officials were busy making preparations at the White House and National Mall ahead of Pope Francis’ arrival Tuesday afternoon. They say there have been no specific threats, but they cannot take any chances.

However, Francis has reportedly made it clear to the U.S. Secret Service that he wants to be as close to the people as possible, leading to even more security measures and what officials are calling “protected zones.”

During his six-day, three-city visit, the pope will meet with President Obama, address Congress, speak at the United Nations in New York and take part in a Vatican-sponsored conference on the family in Philadelphia.



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