You’ve probably heard that the Pope is coming to Juarez on February 17th. So, we thought we would gather all of the news articles and information out there and put it in one place for you:
- There are 5,000 tickets that will be given out for people in El Paso to attend. According to the online website cruxnow.com, Las Cruces will not receive any tickets. The tickets will be given to the priests of the churches who will then distribute them. BEWARE OF FRAUD! If someone is offering to sell you a ticket, it could be fake, especially now because the tickets haven’t been distributed yet. Read the El Paso Times story here.
- For those who do not have tickets, the Catholic Diocese of El Paso has requested the use of the Sun Bowl for a live feed. “To enable the participation of residents on both sides of the border, the Catholic Diocese of El Paso has requested use of the Sun Bowl Stadium on the UTEP campus for a live feed broadcast of the mass which will be celebrated by the Pope that afternoon in Ciudad Juárez. ” (You can read the El Paso HeraldPost Article here). These tickets will NOT be fee, but “will be sold at a low price to cover production costs” (read the Las Cruces Sun-News story here). UTEP will be closed that day.
- If you are one of the lucky few who got a ticket or if you want to go over to Juarez to try to catch a glimpse of the Pope, please plan accordingly. Commercial traffic will NOT be allowed to cross on the Bridge of Americas: “In anticipation of an influx of border crossers, the CBP Office of Field Operations will increase staffing and service hours at area ports before, during and after the February 17 Juarez visit of Pope Francis,” U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said in a statement. “This includes the El Paso, Santa Teresa, and Tornillo ports.” (Read the El Paso Times article here). The cargo facility on the bridge will close at 2 p.m. Feb. 16 and reopen Feb. 19. You can check what is happening at the boarder by checking one of the following: CBP West twitter link: https://twitter.com/CBPWestTexas
CBP Border Wait Times App: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gov.dhs.cbp.bems.wcr.bwt
CBP border wait times page: http://bwt.cbp.gov/?com=1&pas=1&ped=1&plist=2402
- There will be road closures on the El Paso side. “Officials with the Texas Department of Transportation have given the city of El Paso permission to close part of the Border Highway when the pope visits Juarez in February” (you can read the KVIA story here). According to KFOX, “The closure could take place between 9 p.m. Feb. 16 and 5 a.m. Feb. 18.”. The road closure agreement still needs to be approved and signed by the El Paso City Council.
The Pope will not be visiting El Paso.
For a complete list of school and road closures, click here.