Pope Francis to Visit Central Park; NYC Offering Free Tickets

Pope Francis will take a spin through Central Park during his visit to New York City this month, and you can watch. 

The city announced Tuesday that the pontiff will travel through part of the park Sept. 25 before his Mass at Madison Square Garden.

New York residents interested in lining up along the pope's route can apply to receive two tickets via an online giveaway contest by visiting the city's website or by calling 311 from Thursday to Monday.

Winners will be notified Sept. 10.

Mayor de Blasio says the procession will give thousands of New Yorkers an opportunity to come face-to-face with the pope.

The Pope Francis will also hold an evening prayer at St. Patrick's Cathedral on Sept. 24. On Sept. 25, he'll also visit the United Nations, the Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum and Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Elementary School in East Harlem.

The visit, which also includes stops in Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia, is Francis' first visit to the United States. 

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