With his attitude of love and acceptance, Pope Francis is arguably one of the most popular popes among followers alongside Pope John Paul II. His arrival in the United States has sparked national attention, with people vying for coveted tickets to see him in New York City. The pontiff will begin his papal visit to the Big Apple on Sept. 24, but not all of the events are open to the public.
Prayer at St. Patrick’s Cathedral: This event is only open to members of the clergy at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. He will be the fifth pontiff to visit the church. Pope Francis will pray Vespers, also known as the evening prayer, Thursday, Sept. 24 at 6:45 p.m. EDT.
Multireligious Service at 9/11 Memorial and Museum and World Trade Center: Members from the 9/11 community are invited to the event. This includes survivors, victims’ families, first responders, rescuers, recovery workers and members of the lower Manhattan community. The event will be held Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, from 11:30a.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT. He will likely pray at the site and address the people present.
Papal Motorcade Through Central Park: Residence of the New York state who were over 18 had a chance to get tickets to see Pope Francis travel via motorcade through Central Park from between roughly 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. EDT. There was a lottery that opened Sept. 3 and closed Sept. 7.
Tickets have to be redeemed by Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 11:59 p.m. by those who were chosen. Any remaining tickets will be redistributed. Those who have tickets must bring them, along with valid ID. The procession will take place between 72nd and 60th Street. Guests are ask to arrive at 12 p.m. Anyone who arrives later than 3:30 p.m. will not be permitted.
More than 80,000 tickets were dispensed to New Yorkers at random, but now scalpers are trying to sell tickets on secondary sites like eBay and Craigslist for hundreds of dollars. Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Roman Catholic archbishop of New York condemned the resale and said selling the tickets "goes against everything Pope Francis stands for,” USA Today wrote Monday.
Pope Francis’ Mass at Madison Square Garden: Tickets are only available to parishes within the Archdiocese of New York. But live-stream footage of his prayer will be available.
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