Selfie sticks not allowed at pope’s Philadelphia events

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – If you want to see Pope Francis in Philadelphia later this month, you’ll have to leave your selfie stick at home.

The Secret Service on Wednesday announced a list of items that will not be allowed inside secured areas where the pope will appear during the World Meeting of Families on Sept. 26 and 27.

Small bags and backpacks will be allowed, and they need not be clear.

Signs made of cardboard, poster board or cloth are allowed if they are no larger than 5-by-3 feet.

For the pope’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway appearances on both days, seven screening areas will be available for ticketholders. Nine entry points are planned for people without tickets for the Sept. 26 event and three for his Mass the next day.

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