NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Well that was quick. Additional tickets released on Thursday for Pope Francis’ historic procession through Central Park next week were scooped up in a matter of hours.

The Archdiocese of New York had announced earlier in the day that it was offering more free viewing tickets to the Holy Father’s procession on Sept. 25.

But hours later, the free tickets had all been claimed, according to the RSVP website.

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The archdiocese had said the tickets would be available on a first-come, first-serve basis and the website would alert people when they were no longer available.

“Due to an overwhelming response, there are no more tickets available,” the website said Thursday evening.

Pope Francis will be in New York City from Thursday, Sept. 23 through Saturday, Sept. 26.

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Following his arrival Thursday evening, the pope will attend evening prayer at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The next day, he will address the United Nations General Assembly, host an interfaith service at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, visit Our Lady Queen of Angels School in East Harlem, take a motorcade through Central Park and celebrate Mass at Madison Square Garden.

For CBS New York’s complete coverage of Pope Francis’ historic visit, click here.


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