- Associated Press - Monday, September 21, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - Mayor Bill de Blasio is warning New Yorkers that Pope Francis’ visit will snarl traffic and cause travel delays - and he did not rule out brief closures of parts of the subway system.

The mayor said Monday that the U.S. Secret Service and the New York Police Department will make decisions on any closures.

The pope is slated to celebrate Mass Friday night in Madison Square Garden. The arena sits above Pennsylvania Station, which houses Amtrak, two commuter rail lines and several subway lines.

De Blasio did not reveal what gift the city will present to Pope Francis, but noted that the pope largely eschews glitzy material objects.

He also presented tickets to see the pope in Central Park to students from three Staten Island Catholic schools.


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