‘Sad and troubling’: Ticket resellers look to cash in on Pope’s historic visit to Canada

After thousands of free tickets to the Pope’s upcoming mass in Edmonton were snatched up for free this week, some began reappearing online for as much as $200 per ticket, organizers say.

“It is sad and troubling that anyone would try to resell free tickets for an event with Pope Francis as part of his pilgrimage of healing, reconciliation and hope,” said a statement Friday from Papal Visit to Canada, the office preparing for the visit.

The office cautioned the public against buying resale tickets that may not be legitimate.

Pope Francis is scheduled for a six-day visit to Canada beginning with an open-air mass at Edmonton’s Commonwealth Stadium on July 26. Tickets for the mass were booked within minutes of being released Wednesday.

The next set of tickets for the event are scheduled to be released Monday, at 10:30 a.m. Mountain Time on papalvisit.ca / visitepapale.ca through Ticketmaster.ca.

—With files from The Canadian PressMaria Iqbal is a 905 Region-based staff reporter for the Star. Reach Maria via email: [email protected]

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