El Paso Diocese gets ready for rendezvous with Pope Francis

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February 16, 2016

A woman displays tickets to the Diocese of El Paso's "Two Nations, One Faith" event Feb. 15 outside St. Ignatius Church in El Paso. The event coincides with Pope Francis' Feb. 17 visit to El Paso's sister city, Cuidad Juarez, Mexico. (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec) See ELPASO-PAPAL-EVENTS Feb. 16, 2016.

A woman displays tickets to the Diocese of El Paso’s “Two Nations, One Faith” event Feb. 15 outside St. Ignatius Church in El Paso. The event coincides with Pope Francis’ Feb. 17 visit to El Paso’s sister city, Cuidad Juarez, Mexico. (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec)

EL PASO, Texas (CNS) — Two days before Pope Francis’ main event in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, the Diocese of El Paso was coordinating the final touches to its own two main papal events.

While the Diocese of Juarez’s chancery was bustling with church officials obtaining their papal Mass credentials, El Paso Bishop Mark J. Seitz was handling a full day of meetings, greeting incoming dignitaries and doing media interviews. He closed the day meeting with parishioners at St. Ignatius Church to distribute 200 free tickets to a celebration to be held at the Sun Bowl Stadium Feb. 17.

“We had this idea because we knew many people would not be able to go across (to Juarez),” Bishop Seitz told Catholic News Service Feb. 15, “and then it became clear that not many people would be able to gather at the border — actually no one — so we were looking for an alternative.”

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