Archdiocese of Washington to Start Announcing Ticket Distribution to Papal Mass

February 25, 2008

This week, Catholic dioceses and parishes will receive the information they have been waiting for: how many tickets will they get to Pope Benedict XVI’s April 17 Mass in Washington, DC?

The Archdiocese of Washington mailed letters to nearly 120 dioceses in the United States that had requested tickets on Monday, February 25. Nearly 14,000 tickets are being distributed to these dioceses, including 6,000 for the Diocese of Arlington and 2,500 for the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

Quantities for the 140 parishes within the Archdiocese of Washington are scheduled to be shared with the parishes on Friday, February 29. How tickets are distributed within a parish will be decided at the parish level.

While the quantities are being announced now, the actual tickets to the Mass will be provided closer to the event. More than 45,000 people are expected to attend the Mass, Pope Benedict’s first major, public event in the United States. For more information, visit

Susan Gibbs
Director of Communications
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