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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Tickets going fast for papal visit

Dave Dennis of Pass Christian welcomed the invitation from Republican Sen. Roger Wicker to watch from inside the U.S. Capitol whenPope Francis addresses Congress next week.
“For a Catholic boy, it’s a very enticing request and my answer was absolutely yes,” said Dennis, 60. “It’s just not a frequent occurrence. The opportunity to go sit in the joint session in the gallery is quite an honor.”
Dennis is among the few Mississippians to receive a coveted ticket to sit inside the House of Representatives chamber when the pope addresses lawmakers Sept. 24.
Mississippi lawmakers are giving tickets to constituents, mostly on a first-come, first served basis, to witness the pope’s historic visit. Most tickets are for standing-room space on the Capitol’s West Lawn, where the pope’s speech will be shown on Jumbotrons.