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Pascrell Announces Lottery for Tickets
To View Simulcast of Pope Francis
Address In Washington, D.C.

Limited number of tickets will be made available to constituents through a lottery system

WASHINGTON, DC – Recently, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) announced he is offering residents of New Jersey’s Ninth Congressional District a chance to see an outdoor simulcast of the address to a Joint Meeting of Congress by His Holiness Pope Francis of the Holy See during the morning of Thursday, September 24, 2015.  Additional information, along with the lottery entry form, can be found at

“I am pleased to offer my constituents an opportunity to take part is this historic event as the Pope addresses Congress for the first time,”said Pascrell. “I deeply admire Pope Francis for taking on some of the most important issues of our time, from inequality to climate change, which I hope to discuss further in a meeting before his address. During this momentous occasion, I look forward to Pope Francis reinforcing his commitment to peace and improving the lives of the most vulnerable among us.”

In coordination with the Holy See and the Sergeant at Arms of the House, Rep. Pascrell’s office has been allotted a limited number of tickets to view the joint session as part of the Papal Audience on several large jumbotrons from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC.

Rep. Pascrell’s office will hold a lottery to distribute tickets to the West Lawn. Residents of New Jersey’s Ninth Congressional District who wish to enter the lottery for a pair of tickets should complete the entry form no later than Tuesday, September 8th. After the drawing, all entrants will be notified of whether or not they will receive tickets.

Tickets for the West Lawn of the Capitol are only provided through Congressional offices and are free of charge. Tickets are standing room only and an unobstructed view is not guaranteed. Tickets are not for resale. Travel to and accommodations in Washington will be at the lottery winners’ expense.