PHILADELPHIA - The 10,000 tickets that were released Tuesday for a Pope Francis event at the Independence Mall, sold out in two minutes.
The pope will be giving a speech on immigration and religious freedom in front of Independence Hall on Sept. 26.
The tickets were released at noon on a first-come, first-served basis. People were limited to four tickets each.
Thousands of other tickets are being given out to parishes with large immigrant communities in an effort to assure a diverse audience.
The pope also is scheduled to appear at two events on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway: the Sept. 26 closing festival of the World Meeting of Families and a Sept. 27 celebration of Mass.
The Associated Press contributed to this report