Those who want to watch Pope Francis say mass at Madison Square Garden online are in luck, with the video of the visit streaming live on the internet for the world to see.
Pope Francis is in the midst of a historic visit to the United States, one that has been opened up to Catholics everywhere thanks to the Vatican's embrace of internet. The Pope has made online and social media outreach an important part of the trip as the church tries to better connect with millennials.
As a result, fans everywhere will be able to watch live online as Pope Francis leads mass at Madison Square Garden. The service will take place Friday at 6 p.m., with plenty of options for those not able to make it in person (links below).
Watching streaming video of the Pope's mass will likely be the closest anyone will come. Catholic to the Max, which created a site dedicated to Pope Francis's 2015 visit, noted that people who want to watch the Madison Square Garden mass in person are out of luck, and have been out of luck for months already.
"Tickets will not be sold and they will be extremely limited. Tickets will be primarily distributed to parishes within the Archdiocese of New York, with a limited number distributed to the other dioceses in New York State. Other Catholic organizations and institutions throughout the archdiocese of New York will also receive tickets, who will then extend invitations to their members. You can contact your own diocesan chancery office after July 1 for more information. There will be no tickets available publicly through any other means, if you live in New York, we suggest that you reach out to your parish after July 1."The visit has already had some powerful moments. On Thursday, Pope Francis traveled to Washington, D.C., where he challenged Congress to break the cycle of poverty, greed, pollution, and violence and heal the planet's "open wounds."
In the address, Pope Francis also alluded to the legalization of gay marriage, calling it a threat to families.
"I cannot hide my concern for the family, which is threatened perhaps as never before, from within and without," he said (via the New York Times). "Fundamental relationships are being called into question, as is the very basis of marriage and the family. I can only reiterate the importance and, above all, the richness and the beauty of family life."
Those who want to watch live online as Pope Francis leads mass at Madison Square Garden can tune in to the live stream sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Viewers can click here for video of the mass and to access the mobile app dedicated to the Pope's visit.
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