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Pope arriving in Geneva today

National News // June 21, 2018

A massive security operation is underway in Geneva as the city awaits the arrival of the Pope.

 

Swiss Post Pope arriving in Geneva today

The Pontiff is due to land at Geneva airport at 10.10 this morning.

He’ll have a private meeting with the Swiss president, Alain Berset, at the airport and then go to the World Council of Churches Ecumenical Centre.

The highlight of the day for 41,000 people will be a Mass at the exhibition centre, Palexpo.

Police officers from around the country have been drafted in to support the Geneva cantonal force as well as 200 soldiers.

Security at the airport is also on high alert and private flights are restricted. Canton Vaud as banned the use of drones.

Commercial flights are unaffected, but there are severe restrictions on private vehicles entering the airport and all travelers are advised to use public transport.

The airport is stressing that there is no chance to see the pope in the terminal building and says sightseers should stay away.

The Pope will leave Geneva at 8pm.

The Swiss post office has issued a commerative stamp to mark the Pope's visit. 

 

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