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2 Papal Parades, More Passes Available After Ticket Outcry

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After an outcry over plans to keep most of Pope Francis' audience at his biggest Philadelphia events several blocks away, organizers Thursday announced the pontiff will parade through downtown twice and said they would set aside 30,000 tickets for the public to get a closer view. Donna Crilley Farrell, executive director of the World Meeting of Families — the triennial Catholic conference attracting Francis to Philadelphia said,"Everyone wants to see the pope, and we totally, totally get that." Farrell said the parades, along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway where Francis will attend the World Meeting's closing ceremony on Sept. 26 and celebrate an outdoor Mass on Sept. 27, will give everyone an opportunity to see the pontiff up close. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia said late Thursday that a map released by the Secret Service had left the impression that the ticket zone was twice the size, putting non-ticketholders more than a half-mile, or five blocks, away from the pontiff. http://hosted2.ap.org/APDEFAULT/386c25518f464186bf7a2ac026580ce7/Article_2015-09-03-US--Pope-Philadelphia-Tickets/id-b13ba564c7a94d1392d80caf281164d6 http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by Wochit using http://wochit.com