The Vatican has issued a statement in response to travel agencies trying to sell tickets to the May 1 beatification of Pope John Paul II, because there are no actual tickets for the event. From Vatican Radio:

"It is very important to make as clear as possible that no tickets are needed, to attend the beatification of John Paul II", says Master of Papal Liturgical Celebrations, monsignor Guido Marini.

The Pope's casket will be exhumed, and people will have the opportunity to pray before it on the day of his beatification. Needless to say, but there will be a whole lot of people jostling for position at the event. Therefore, a company like Proximo Travel, besides having a 1994-esque website, sees dollar signs and is offering "tickets" to the beatification:


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