Some Find Opportunity as Millions Seek Rooms for Pope Francis Visit


A financial miracle is in the works for savvy property owners looking to provide shelter to Catholics who will gather in Philadelphia Sept. 22-27 to see Pope Francis and attend the World Meeting of Families.

David Zucchino of the L.A. Times reports with hotels already booked, entrepreneurs are charging the hopeful faithful anywhere from $15,000 a week for a four-bedroom home in Coatesville to $10,000 for a one-bedroom Center City apartment, to $30,000 for a four-bedroom north Philadelphia home.

“Love is the Mission: the Family Fully Alive” may be the theme as Philadelphia becomes the first U.S. city to host the largest gathering of Catholics, but rental cash may be the water-into-wine miracle for many this September.

Donna Farrell, executive director of World Meeting of Families, is in need of thousands of free or reasonably-priced rooms through the gathering’s Host A Family program, Zucchino reports.

Read about the event here and the full L.A. Times story here.


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