Mayor: City prepared to protect pope, public ahead of pontiff's visit

With Pope Francis' visit to New York days away, Mayor Bill de Blasio says the city is prepared to keep both the pontiff and the public safe.

With Pope Francis' visit to New York days away, Mayor Bill de Blasio says the city is prepared to keep both the pontiff and the public safe. (9/21/15)

NEW YORK - With Pope Francis' visit to New York days away, Mayor Bill de Blasio says the city is prepared to keep both the pontiff and the public safe.

"Everyone is focused. They have the resources they need. No one's underestimating that this is something we've never experienced before. We all understand that but there's a tremendous can-do attitude in the Secret Service, FBI and NYPD and we're confident," says de Blasio.

The mayor also says that he's been inspired by the pope's vision, calling on worshippers to recognize their common humanity.

The pope will arrive in New York on Thursday.

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