Gigantic police contingent in the UK: Pope Visit costs 1.8 million Euro

The pope and the money in the UK - Comment on 2010 September 15 (3)

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2010 September 15 (3)
In a controversial step the church requested at the same time a “financial involvement” from the participants of the church services. They now have to pay up to 25 pound for one mass and five pound for a night watch with the pope. Read more:

And here is the third of today’s entries about the money greed of the clerics:

The police contingent during the pope visit in the UK in the coming week costs according to estimates between one million and 1.5 million pounds. These expected costs occur because Pope Benedict XVI will not only visit London during his journey from 16th to 19th of September, but also Edinburgh, Glasgow and Birmingham.

The chief of police of South Yorkshire, Meredydd Hughes, responsible for the visit, explained this on Thursday. Moreover the police must not only ensure the safety of the Catholic Church head but also the safety of the believers as well as the expected counter demonstrators.

The high costs of the visit have provided a controversy in the UK, in which only 10% Catholics live. According to official statements the government takes over ten to twelve million pounds of the total costs, while the church contributes nine to ten million pounds. Six million pounds of it have been already raised through a fund-raising drive.

In a controversial step the church requested at the same time a “financial involvement” from the participants of the church services. They now have to pay up to 25 pound for one mass and five pound for a night watch with the pope.

The visit of Benedict is the first state visit of a pope in the UK since Henry VIII renounced the Catholic Church 1534. John Paul II had already toured the island 1982 but that was not an official state visit.

 

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