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Here's how to get tickets to see the Pope at Central Park on September 25

By David Goldberg
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Pope Francis will visit New York City for his first time ever on Friday, Sept 25. He's booked a packed day that includes a gathering with the U.N. General Assembly, a service at the September 11 Memorial and Museum and a Mass at Madison Square Garden. Though tickets for worship events have been distributed exclusively within the Archdiocese of New York, you can still see the Pope in his procession through Central Park at around 5pm on Friday, Sept 25. That is, if you can get a ticket. 

Starting tomorrow, New York residents will be able to apply for up to two free tickets per applicant on the official website of New York City or by calling 311. You can apply through Sept 7, and winners will be notified on Sept 10. 

Tens of thousands of tickets will be distributed, and check-in for admitted applicants begins at noon on the day of the motorcade. The last Papal visit to Central Park, in 1995, attracted over 125,000 followers. The motorcade will proceed along West Drive in the Park from 70th St to 60th St. Make sure your baby's forehead is clean enough to kiss. 

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