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Catholic shrines seek to draw pilgrims during pope's Philadelphia visit

Catholic shrines seek to draw pilgrims during pope's Philadelphia visit

Four Roman Catholic shrines, including one featuring the glass-enclosed body of a saint wearing his bishop's vestments and a wax mask so lifelike he appears ready to share a blessing, have joined forces to market themselves to the million-plus visitors expected in Philadelphia to see Pope Francis. Officials at the national shrines of St. John Neumann, St. Katharine Drexel and St. Rita of Cascia, and the Miraculous Medal shrine, say evangelization is their main goal. But if they can boost gift shop sales, expand mailing lists and create buzz that will keep visitors coming for years after the pope's September visit, that's good, too. Pooling their finances, the shrines...

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