By: Denise M. Champagne//August 17, 2015
By: Denise M. Champagne//August 17, 2015//
The office of U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer is conducting a statewide lottery for one ticket to the joint meeting of Congress which Pope Francis will address on Sept. 24.
Schumer received one guest ticket. Requests are pouring in from across New York from those trying to see Pope Francis and experience a piece of history. Pope Francis will be the first Pope to ever address a joint meeting of Congress.
Schumer will also offer 100 pairs of tickets to the Papal Audience on the West Lawn of the Capitol following Pope Francis’ address. Schumer’s office will distribute tickets during a random drawing that will be held on Aug. 27. The deadline to submit requests is Aug. 26.
Requests are only being accepted through Schumer’s website (www.schumer.senate.gov/papal-visit-lottery). Tickets for the joint meeting of Congress and the Papal Audience are only provided through congressional offices and are free of charge.
“Pope Francis’ speech before Congress will be a historic moment for all of us, but especially for one lucky New Yorker who will get to attend the speech in person with a ticket from our office,” said Schumer. “If it were up to me, I would fill up the entire gallery with New Yorkers, but sadly, each senator only received one guest ticket.”