Scalping Tickets to see Pope

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Ticket scalpers are getting creative to make sure their listings don’t get deleted or lost as Pope Francis’ U.S. tour heads to New York and Philadelphia.

One lists $175 rosary beads that just happen to come with a pair of tickets to the pontiff’s outdoor Mass in Philadelphia.

The same tickets that papal visit organizers doled out free of charge through parishes and online giveaways weeks ago are available on the online gray market with hefty price tags.

Want a chance to see Pope Francis roll through New York’s Central Park on Friday? That’ll be $100.         Church and civic leaders have denounced the sales and asked websites to remove the listings. The auction site eBay has complied, saying the sales violate its terms of service.

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