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Schumer offering raffle for chance to see the Pope

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Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) will conduct a statewide internet lottery that offers a chance for New Yorkers to see Pope Francis when he comes to Washington D.C. this September.  

Schumer will offer a single ticket to the joint meeting of Congress with the pope, as well as 100 pairs of tickets to the papal audience on the West Lawn of the Capitol.

“The Holy Father is taking the world by storm and I know there are thousands of New Yorkers who would like to go be part of his visit,” Schumer says.  “This allows people to do it without picking any favorites.  So people can go to schumer.senate.gov, join, and we’ll just pick it out of a hat.”

The deadline to submit requests is Aug. 26.

Ellen produces news reports and features related to events that occur in the greater Syracuse area and throughout Onondaga County. Her reports are heard regularly in regional updates in Morning Edition and All Things Considered.