NJ ticket winner anxiously awaits pope's U.S. arrival

Pope Benedict XVI will make his first visit to the U.S. as pontiff in April, and his arrival has Catholics in New Jersey anxiously competing for limited seats to his Yankee Stadium Mass.

Diannah Hedgebeth is counting the days until the pope delivers his Mass at the stadium. Hedgebeth, who converted to Catholicism two years ago and works for the Newark Archdiocese, received one of the 1,000 seats set aside for Catholics belonging to the archdiocese.

?Archbishop Myers had allotted each parish in the diocese five tickets,? says Jim Goodness, of the Newark Archdiocese.

The number of tickets and how they will be distributed varies from one diocese to another.

The pope will be in New York April 18 through April 20, the week of his 81st birthday. Pope Benedict will not be stopping in the Garden State during his trip.

For an extended interview with Hedgebeth, go to channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select iO Extra.

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