NY, DC Prep for Papal Visit
US teams ready churches, Yankee Stadium for holy trip
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 12, 2008 11:35 AM CDT
Security personnel walk through the chapel at St. Joseph's Seminary, where Pope Benedict XVI will give blessings to 50 disabled children next weekend.   (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
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(Newser) – He may be the only man who can draw Mets fans to Yankee Stadium: Next week, Pope Benedict XVI will lead a stadium Mass on his 6-day tour of Washington, DC and New York. Before gracing second base, the Pontiff will celebrate his 81st birthday at the White House, and visit churches—and a synagogue—in both cities.

Teams of church officials, Hollywood producers, and political veterans have spent months planning the papal trip, which will cost donors $3 million for the Washington visit alone, the New York Times reports. Harry Connick Jr. and Kelly Clarkson will headline a concert before Benedict’s Yankee Stadium Mass, but scalpers beware: Selling tickets for the high-security event is not only illegal, it's a sin.