Pope kicks off final day in U.S.

Pope Francis
Pope Francis delivers his speech in front of Independence Hall, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, in Philadelphia. (Tony Gentile/Pool Photo via AP)

PHILADELPHIA — Pope Francis’ will wrap up his historic U.S. trip on Sunday with a visit to a prison followed by a mass expected to draw the largest audience of his tour.

Crowds have thronged Francis at every stop of his six-day tour, with the pope charming audiences in Washington, New York and now Philadelphia.

Francis will kick off his last day in the U.S. by meeting with U.S. bishops at a local seminary on Sunday before heading to Philadelphia’s largest prison.

The pope is expected to take a helicopter to the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility, where he will meet with young prisoners and also with corrections officers. Inmates at the prison built a special chair for Francis to sit in and the pope’s speech will be broadcast to all the prisoners, according to NBC Philadelphia.

More than 1.5 million people are expected to pack the area between City Hall and the Philadelphia Museum of Art for Sunday mass — Francis’ last scheduled public event in the U.S. before he heads back to Rome later Sunday.

Security has been tight around the pontiff’s visit, with Philadelphia no exception. Large stretches of downtown have been closed to vehicle traffic and pedestrians entering a 1.6 mile corridor are subject to search, according to the Associated Press.

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