Papal events in Britain are unusual, Fr Lombardi said, because “people cannot move freely on foot to where the three major public events will be taking place: they must use arranged transportation and all the seats must be allocated to an extremely precise number”.
He said the unusual constraints were “dictated by the security needs of civil authorities”.
“Thus,” he said, “the Church authorities themselves had to organise groups of faithful who could travel on arranged transportation, thereby giving them a ‘pass’, a special passport for all the faithful who are to take part and this is delivered along with a small ‘kit’ – that is both pastoral and logistical – and so a small contribution has been asked from every group that is organising itself to attend this event.”
Therefore, Fr Lombardi said, the pass was in fact not a ticket “paid by the individual to go to Mass”.
But in order to attend the Mass, you have to pay money, and for that money, you receive a piece of paper which you present at the entrance to the event.
There's absolutely no reason whatever to call this a "ticket". Nosur!
Sooooo, hands up everyone who thought the papal visit to Britain was going to be a huge success and an organisational triumph!