Vatican warns of papal ticket scams
Huge crowds are expected in St. Peter's Square for John Paul II's beatification in May.
February 21st, 2011
02:21 PM ET

Vatican warns of papal ticket scams

(CNN) - The Vatican is warning people who plan to travel to the beatification of Pope John Paul II to look out for scammers claiming to sell tickets for the ceremony.

"It is very important to make as clear as possible that no tickets are needed to attend the beatification of John Paul II," said monsignor Guido Marini, master of Papal Liturgical Celebrations, according to Vatican Radio.

As in life, John Paul is drawing huge crowds after his death. Two million pilgrims are expected to flock to the Vatican for the special Mass, which will be presided over by Pope Benedict XVI and take place in St. Peter's Square on May 1 - the first Sunday after Easter.

Read the full story here about the ticket scam.

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