Papal visit to the Philippines: business counts the costs, government talks up the benefits

January 23, 2015 8:00 AM

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Papal visit to the Philippines: business counts the costs, government talks up the benefits

In this Tuesday Jan. 20 photo, a Filipino worker carries a tarpaulin greeting Pope Francis as they take off signs and flags at the venue where he held his holy mass in Manila, Philippines. When the pope comes to town, a huge bill awaits the host country, but for many, mammoth crowds whipped up by the Roman Catholic Church leader offer plenty of good business. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila) (The Associated Press)

In this Tuesday Jan. 20 photo, a Filipino worker carries the Vatican and Philippine flag inside a store room, the same area where Pope Francis held a holy mass in Manila, Philippines. When the pope comes to town, a huge bill awaits the host country, but for many, mammoth crowds whipped up by the Rom...

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