SOURCE: Catholic Extension

Catholic Extension

February 01, 2016 16:37 ET

Breaking: Pope Francis to Bless Sun Bowl Attendees During Live Simulcast of Juarez Mass

EL PASO, TX--(Marketwired - February 01, 2016) -  The Diocese of El Paso is excited to announce that Pope Francis will bless the attendees at the "Two Nations, One Faith" event at the Sun Bowl on February 17, 2016, during this historic Mass on the border of Juarez and El Paso.

Through a live stream simulcast, Pope Francis will be able to fully view the Sun Bowl event as he formally blesses the approximately 50,000 attendees inside the stadium.

"We are thrilled to announce a Sun Bowl blessing from Pope Francis. What a unique opportunity for our residents and visitors to El Paso. Together, we will experience this incredible moment of faith that transcends borders and demonstrates to the world that we are one community, 'Two Nations, One Faith,'" said The Most Reverend Mark J. Seitz, Bishop of the Diocese of El Paso.

In addition to Pope Francis' blessing, the "Two Nations One Faith" Sun Bowl event will feature multi-platinum country music artist Collin Raye and World Youth Day guitarist Tony Melendez. In addition to Mr. Raye and Mr. Melendez, other scheduled performances will represent the diversity and culture of these communities. The Tigua Indian Nation Social Dancers will help open the musical program by performing a sacred ceremonial prayer dance, and the El Paso Diocesan Choir, composed of 120 musicians and singers, will reflect the bicultural reality of the borderland and invite the crowd into sacred song. El Paso-based youth choir Elohim, and local parish-based Mariachi and Matachines dance groups will also showcase the cultural heritage of the border region.

Sun Bowl Stadium Stage, Wednesday February 17, 2016

Final performance order to be announced, doors and performances begin at 12:00PM MT

Collin Raye & Andrea Thomas

Tony Melendez

El Paso Diocesan Choir

Tigua Indian Nation Social Dancers

Because of the high volume of visitors, the expected road closures and the desire to create an event representative of the El Paso and Juarez cultures, the "Two Nations, One Faith" event is designed to have entertainment for the whole family, games and a kid zone for children, and programming that includes testimonies and stories of faith to lead up to the live simulcast of the Juarez Mass and Blessing. Throughout the program the Pope's journey through Juarez will be live-streamed on the Sun Bowl Stadium Jumbotron. On-stage program will conclude prior to the telecast of the papal Mass.

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To help offset costs related to this special event, ticket prices will be $15 plus a $3 university service fee, and other applicable service fees, which may increase total cost. The fees associated with ticket purchases through Ticketmaster will vary. We strongly encourage all El Paso residents to purchase your tickets through the University Ticket Center.

For all local El Paso individuals and parish ticket orders, please purchase tickets from the University Ticket Center or call (915) 747-5234 for ticket purchases and inquiries. For all out of El Paso area individuals or groups, please visit Ticketmaster for ticket purchases or inquiries.

The Diocese of El Paso has benefactors available to cover the cost of the Sun Bowl for parishioners who find the discounted fee a challenge. Anyone who wants to attend the "Two Nations, One Faith" event can! Contact the Diocese of El Paso at 915-872-8400 for more information.

Contact Information


    For Catholic Extension:
    Lisa Gunggoll
    LG-PR Public Relations
    Phone: 708-829-8669

    For the Diocese of El Paso:
    Elizabeth O'Hara
    Communications Director
    Phone: 915-872-8555