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Las Cruces Diocese to get Ciudad Juarez pope tickets after all

LAS CRUCES, N.M. — The Diocese of Las Cruces bishop says the diocese will be getting tickets to a Papal Mass in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico after all.

KVIA-TV in El Paso, Texas reports ( Las Cruces Bishop Oscar Cantu said the tickets will be distributed through southern New Mexico parishes and Catholic schools.

The diocese originally believed the Diocese of Ciudad Juarez would not provide them with tickets because of limited availability.

But the Juarez Catholic Diocese said last week it has designated 5,000 tickets for the Las Cruces Catholic Diocese and 10,000 for the El Paso Catholic Diocese.

Ciudad Juarez, on Mexico’s northern border across from El Paso, is the last stop in the pope’s schedule 5-day visit to Mexico.

Pope Francis is slated to finish his Ciudad Juarez trip with an open-air Mass on Feb. 17.