Tickets for Papal Events Are Free

The Vatican News Service today included this tidbit, which is important, especially in light of upcoming events that will bring a lot of people to Rome. Here it is, complete with British spelling and vocab:

The Prefecture of the Papal Household communicates that for the canonisation of Blesseds John XXIII and John Paul II on Sunday 27 April 2014, participation is open to all those able to find space in St. Peter’s Square, Piazza Pio XII and Via della Conciliazione, without any need for tickets.

As on other occasions, the faithful are warned against ticket touts or requests for money by agencies or tour operators in order to obtain tickets.

Attendees are also reminded that the tickets to participate in audiences or celebrations presided by the Holy Father are entirely free.

It never costs anything to go to a Vatican papal event. But you can be sure that there are people who will try to lead you to believe otherwise, particularly when it involves alluring propositions such as skipping a long line and so forth.

My ticket for distributing communion at Pope Benedict XVI’s last public Mass, on Ash Wednesday. (I ended up distributing ashes instead.)

If you are from the United States and plan to come to Rome, it is always a good idea to check with the Sisters in the Bishops’ Office for United States Visitors to the Vatican to see about getting tickets to special papal events. They also have a bunch of other useful information on their web site.

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