Pope Francis will visit the United States this month, and 93,000 people have entered a New York City-sponsored lottery just to catch a glimpse of him in a Central Park procession.
The Central Park papal procession is just one of several opportunities that Americans will have to see the popular pontiff. Tickets for a Mass to be held in NYC's Madison Square Garden are being given out through individual parishes, The New York Times reported
The New York Post said Friday that many of the people
who have applied to see the pope's Central Park procession will be able to attend, as the city will be give out 80,000 tickets to the 93,000 applicants.
For those who can't make it to New York, Washington, D.C., or Philadelphia, Time Warner Cable is going to be airing "wall-to-wall pope coverage" from the time the Catholic leader gives Sunday Mass in Cuba on Sept. 20 through his U.S. visit that ends Sept. 27, The Times said.
In Philadelphia on Sept. 26 and 27, there are three opportunities to see the pope, including at a speech about immigration and religious freedom he will give at Independence Mall, according to World Meeting 2015
. But the 10,000 tickets to that event were snapped up within two minutes of becoming available.
The much-in-demand free tickets are now being sold online, and Philly.com said they can be found on Craigslist for $500 or more
. The site warned of potential fraud and handed out "buyer beware" warnings.
"There’s also no real way of knowing whether or not the tickets are even real. Though Craigslist warns users of potential fraud, the service has no way of authenticating offers," Philly.com said.
Online, many are expressing their desire for tickets, and their admiration for Pope Francis:
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