Tickets for the Pope’s visit to Knock have sold out, with over 45,000 people set to see him on August 26. Spots for his papal mass in Dublin’s Phoenix Park are due to be sold out very soon.
According to The Irish Times, demand for papal tickets for the mass in Dublin and all other papal events in the country have been very high.
The spokeswoman for the World Meeting of Families, Brenda Drumm, noted the demand has been “very, very strong, all day today since they came online at 5 o’clock this morning.”
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“We were aware that people were standing by their laptops from midnight but a decision had been made not to accept bookings before 5 am.”
Around 500,000 tickets were available for the Phoenix Park Mass, but most have already been booked since they had been made accessible for those who had booked to see the pontiff at the Royal Dublin Society’s World Meeting of Families events.
Last week, most of the tickets for the World Meeting of Families events had already been sold out with warnings going out stating that some may be turned away from the events. There are only a few thousand tickets left out of 70,000 in total for the RDS gatherings from August 22-24, as the organizers have stated.
“We should be incredibly proud as a country that we have, by a factor of at least two to three, brought in the highest ever registration for a World Meeting of Families pastoral congress,” according to Fr Tim Bartlett, the secretary general for WMoF.
Fr Bartlett, though, is concerned that many people who would like to see the pontiff will be disappointed when registrations for tickets close for what is set to be record-breaking attendance for their events.
The Festival of Families event at Croke Park on Saturday, August 25, as Bartlett went on to say, will be fully-booked and not available to the general public.
“We do not expect to be able to release tickets publicly for this event… [any extra places] would be made available to the homeless, refugees, to those working with or supporting those dealing with drug addiction, those helping families in need in our society.”
Fr Bartlett believes that these are the people that Pope Francis really wants to meet and have near him when he visits Ireland.