Got a joke for the pope? You can win a spot as his ‘comedic adviser’

Tickets to next week’s Masses with Pope Francis in New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., went rapidly, but that doesn’t mean you can’t engage with the pope during his 2015 tour of the United States. You just need to have a sense of humor.

Last week, the Pontifical Mission Societies launched the campaign Joke with the Pope, which will run until Oct. 5. The campaign encourages people to donate their favorite joke (keep it clean people!) to make the pope laugh. Contestants are to submit their jokes via

Father Andrew Small, a director at the Pontifical Mission Societies and the creator of the campaign, told Vatican Radio that the idea behind the campaign is about spreading joy. “When it comes to the differences between us, one thing unites us and that’s humor,” he said.

The deadline for submitting jokes is Oct. 2. Comedian Bill Murray will host a panel to choose the winner, who will be announced Oct. 5 and will be named “honorary comedic adviser to the pope.” More importantly, they will choose a charity which will receive a $10,000 donation.

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