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Pope thanks UK for efforts for trip

Members of the Protest the Pope campaign make placards in London on Wednesday for use at the march against the Pope's visit to the UK on Sep. 16.

Members of the Protest the Pope campaign make placards in London on Wednesday for use at the march against the Pope's visit to the UK on Sep. 16.

Pope Benedict XVI thanked the British on Wednesday for the "vast amount of work" they have put into his upcoming visit and said he hoped their efforts would pay off.
Benedict's Sept. 16-19 trip has been controversial from the start, in large part because of the cost: up to 12 million pounds ($18.5 million) for British taxpayers, not counting extra policing costs.
Pilgrims have been asked to pay up to 25 pounds to help offset the church's own bill, which is estimated at an additional 10 million pounds.
"I am aware of the vast amount of work that has gone into the preparations for the visit, not only by the Catholic community but by the government, the local authorities in Scotland, London and Birmingham," Benedict said in English at his weekly general audience.
"I want to say how much I appreciate the efforts that have been made to ensure that the various events planned will be truly joyous celebrations."
The pope said he was looking forward to beatifying Cardinal John Henry Newman, a 19th century Anglican convert to Catholicism whose Sept. 19 beatification is a central reason for the trip.


Updated : 2021-08-04 17:28 GMT+08:00