Vatican Decries Travel Agents Seeking Ticket Fee

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

The Vatican is complaining that some travel agents are asking faithful to shell out a "service" fee for procuring places at the beatification of Pope John Paul II.

The Holy See in a statement Friday is reiterating that neither tickets nor invitations are needed for the May 1 ceremony in St. Peter's Square.

It said there have been "unauthorized" offers, especially on the Internet, to procure tickets for a service charge.

When other public ceremonies, unrelated to the beatification, are held at the Vatican, tickets are required, but never for a fee.

Authorities in Rome are rushing to prepare the city for the arrival of as many as 2 million pilgrims for the ceremony one week after Easter.

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