Pope Fans Rush for Tour Tickets

Demand is high ahead of Benedict's US visit in April
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 26, 2008 9:03 AM CST
Pope Benedict XVI greets the faithful as he leaves Santa Maria Liberatrice a Monte Testaccio parish, in Rome, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008. (AP Photo/Plinio Lepri)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Pope Benedict XVI will be making his first visit to the US in April, and tickets for two super masses are in high demand, USA Today reports. Ticket requests for the masses at Yankee Stadium and Washington's National Park stadium are already more than double the number of seats available. Every Catholic archdiocese in the country has received a free ticket allotment to distribute to the faithful.

"People are very excited about their faith and about coming together as a family with the Holy Father," said a spokeswoman for the Dallas archdiocese. It's not clear if Benedict will be taking the Popemobile out for a spin, but there's one thing spectators probably won't see, thanks to extra tight security: ticket scalpers trying to cash in on Pope fever.