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California Congressman giving away Pope visit tickets

Pope Francis leaves Saint Peter's basilica at the Vatican, at the end of a prayer as part of the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, on September 1, 2015. Pope Francis on September 1 called on priests to pardon women who have abortions, and the doctors who perform them, during the upcoming Jubilee year -- overruling hardline traditionalists within the Catholic Church. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO        (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)
Pope Francis leaves Saint Peter's basilica at the Vatican, at the end of a prayer as part of the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, on September 1, 2015. Pope Francis on September 1 called on priests to pardon women who have abortions, and the doctors who perform them, during the upcoming Jubilee year -- overruling hardline traditionalists within the Catholic Church. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)
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People who want to see Pope Francis when he visits the nation's capital later this month may want to try their representative in Congress. 

Each Senator got 200 tickets to the event and Congressmen got 50 each.

California Congressman Ted Lieu's chief of staff Marc Cevasco says if you enter Lieu's ticket lottery and win, you'll get to stand on the National Mall to watch a jumbotron when the Pope addresses a joint meeting of Congress.

"The congressman as a Catholic himself is really excited about some of the Pope's messages on social justice and in particular on climate change and so he's going to be listening intently in the house chamber, but because we got this unique opportunity we wanted to extend that offer to some of our other constituents who we know are going to be interested," said Cevasco. 

Constituents in Lieu's district have until Sept. 8 at 10 a.m. PT to enter Lieu's ticket lottery on his website. Tickets do not include transportation or lodging for the event on the 24th.