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Monday, April 04, 2005

'Unprecedented Strain' on Italian Capital

As expected, AP reports that Rome is preparing for one of the greatest influxes of Catholic pilgrims in history. Rome's Mayor Walter Veltroni said, ""For us it is an extraordinary test, of the most tremendous importance. It's going to be like organizing the Jubilee in just 48 hours."

Among the preparations:
  • Italian Interior Minister Giuseppe Pisanu mobilized 6,430 security forces.
  • "Tent cities" in sports venues like Rome's Olympic Stadium are being built to house visitors.
  • Huge television screens to show the funeral went up at 10 sites, including the Circus Maximus.
  • Hundreds of voluntary staff and sanitation crews have been drafted to build makeshift toilets and drinking fountains.

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