- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The latest developments on pope’s visit to Ciudad Juarez near El Paso, Texas (all times local):

6:15 p.m.

Diocese of El Paso says a Papal Mass from the Mexican city of Ciudad Juarez to be aired live at a nearly U.S. stadium will be a celebration of the pope’s visit.

El Paso Diocese spokeswoman Elizabeth O’Hara said Monday officials are working on holding a special event at the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas, that will be streaming Pope Francis’ Mass from a large field in Ciudad Juarez.

O’Hara says diocese officials aren’t calling the U.S. event a “Mass.”



O’Hara says prices for the tickets will be low so many people can attend.

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

He is slated to finish his Ciudad Juarez trip with an open-air Mass near Benito Juarez Stadium.

5:30 p.m.

Diocese of El Paso may sell tickets of a Papal Mass from the Mexican city of Ciudad Juarez to be aired live at a nearly U.S. stadium.

El Paso Diocese spokeswoman Elizabeth O’Hara said Monday officials are working on holding a Mass at the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas, that will be streaming Pope Francis’ Mass from a large field in Ciudad Juarez.

O’Hara says prices for the tickets will be low so many people can attend.

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

He is slated to finish his Ciudad Juarez trip with an open-air Mass near Benito Juarez Stadium.

O’Hara says the Diocese of Ciudad Juarez is distributing tickets to the open-air Mass for free.

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5 p.m.

Roman Catholic Church officials have scrapped plans for a Mass with the pope at the El Paso, Texas, side of a U.S.-Mexico border fence.

Diocese of El Paso spokeswoman Elizabeth O’Hara said Monday that various agencies have concluded there were too many safety concerns about a large crowd gathering at the border. El Paso Bishop Mark Seitz had said he was interested in having at Mass at the border while Pope Francis was conducting Mass at a nearby field in the Mexican city of Ciudad Juarez.

O’Hara says instead the diocese is working on holding a Mass at El Paso’s Sun Bowl with a video of the pope.

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.

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11:15 a.m.

Roman Catholic Church officials in southern New Mexico are warning that offers to purchase tickets for Pope Francis’ Mass in the Mexican city of Ciudad Juarez are scams.

Officials say the Diocese of Ciudad Juarez is the official distributor of tickets for the Papal Mass next month but due to limited seating the Diocese of Las Cruces in New Mexico won’t get any tickets.

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

He is slated to finish his Ciudad Juarez trip with an open-air Mass in a large field near Benito Juarez Stadium.

El Paso Bishop Mark Seitz says he is working with local officials about celebrating Mass with the pope at the El Paso border fence.

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