Local Parishes Learn Ticket Quantities for Papal Mass

February 29, 2008

Ticket allocations for Pope Benedict XVI’s April 17 Mass in Washington, DC continue as staff at the Archdiocese of Washington sift through more than 100,000 ticket requests – more than double the available seats. Earlier this week, dioceses nationwide were informed how many tickets they would receive. Today, parishes and missions in the Archdiocese of Washington are learning their quantities.

Of the nearly 45,000 tickets available for distribution, nearly 16,000 will go to 148 parishes and missions in the archdiocese. In addition, approximately 13,000 will be distributed to clergy and religious, Catholic high schools and campus ministries in the Archdiocese of Washington, Catholic organizations, volunteers and others. Additional tickets are being allocated to other dioceses.

Parishes are taking different approaches to ticket distribution, ranging from free lotteries to asking those interested to write letters saying why they would like a ticket. Tickets are free, non-replaceable and may not be sold.

While the quantities are being announced now, the actual tickets to the Mass will be provided closer to the event. The Mass at Nationals Park baseball stadium will be Pope Benedict’s first major public event in the United States. For more information, visit adw.org/papalvisit.

Susan Gibbs
Director of Communications
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