Papal visit organizers warn not to buy tickets for outdoor mass from resellers

EDMONTON — Organizers of the Pope’s visit to Canada are warning the public not to buy tickets from online retailers, saying they may not be legitimate.

Thousands of tickets for the Pope’s outdoor mass at Edmonton’s Commonwealth Stadium have all been booked around 15 minutes after being made available to the public free of charge earlier in the week.

The July 26 Mass with Pope Francis is part of his six-day Canadian tour, which also includes stops in Quebec City and Iqaluit.

Organizers say some tickets have appeared online for up to $200 and the next block of tickets should be available on Monday.

They say it is sad and disturbing that someone is trying to resell free tickets to an event with Pope Francis as part of his pilgrimage of healing, reconciliation and hope.

The pope’s visit comes after he apologized in April to Indigenous delegates at the Vatican for the Roman Catholic Church’s role in Canada’s residential schools and the intergenerational trauma it caused.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on July 8, 2022.

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