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Bishops Warn of Ticket Scams for Pope Francis' Upcoming Mexico Visit

Catholic News Agency
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January 22, 2016

This photo taken Jan. 5, 2016, shows an installation of Pope Francis advertising the pope's upcoming visit to Juarez, Mexico. The city, on Mexico's northern border across from El Paso, Texas, is the last stop in the Pope's schedule 5-day trip to Mexico and officials on both sides of the border are preparing for the visit between Feb. 12-17. (AP/Russell Contreras)

Following the rise of fraudulent papal ticket “sales” online, the Mexican Conference of Catholic Bishops has reminded the faithful that tickets to attend events during Pope Francis’ trip are free.  

Pope Francis will visit Mexico in a highly anticipated trip Feb. 12-18. In the weeks leading up to his trip, various scams have arisen, including several efforts on Facebook to encourage people to “buy” tickets to the papal events for several hundred dollars.
Countering these efforts, the Mexican bishops released a press statement reminding the faithful that tickets for all events with the Pope have already been designed and “besides being stamped FREE,  have certain security features and information about when and where to enter the event  and what items cannot be brought in.”

The tickets are already being printed and will be delivered in late January to the bishops of the 93 dioceses of Mexico “so that each bishop can distribute them in his respective diocese as he deems appropriate, also trying to include those who do not participate in the Church,” the bishops said.

Read the rest at The Washington Times

Related: Pope’s Visit to Chiapas, Mexico, Seen to Affirm Ministry of Indigenous Deacons (Catholic News Service )

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