9.24.15: Thousands gather to watch Pope on TV
WASHINGTON (AP) – Tens of thousands of spectators are expected to be watching giant television screens of Pope Francis bringing his message of humility and hope to Capitol Hill this morning.
Francis becomes the first pope to address a joint session of Congress. The House chamber will be packed with Supreme Court justices, Cabinet officials, diplomats, lawmakers and their guests. Lawmakers have pledged to pause from the bickering and dysfunction that normally divides them.
This afternoon the Pope will leave Washington, D.C. for New York.
Scalpers are getting creative in trying to sell tickets to see Pope Francis that had been free. Organizers made 80,000 tickets available to the public for New York’s Central Park procession and 30,000 for the pope’s three outdoor events in Philadelphia. Scalpers began turning tickets in for profit. One Craigslist ad is selling tickets to see the pope along with rosary beads for $175. $10 train passes have been marked up to $85.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio calls the ticket scalping, “inconsistent with everything that this pope stands for.”