Hi eveyone,sending you all article in my local Newspaper(The Belfast Telegraph)Also some of the comments from readers who went on the Telegraph web-site to comment on it.(have a laugh)It just lets you know how this church makes its money.
Ulster to get just 2,500 tickets for Pope’s visit Monday, 9 August 2010
[c Just 2,500 tickets have been allocated to Catholics in Northern Ireland to attend a host of open-air events during the Pope's visit to England and Scotland next month.
But none have been allocated to believers in the Republic — despite the Catholic Church being an all-Ireland institution.
It was expected that tens of thousands of Catholics from all over the island would travel to Britain to see Pope Benedict on his whirlwind four-day official visit.
However only 2,500 so-called ‘pilgrim passes' for the Pope's open-air Mass at Bellahouston Park in Glasgow have been made available to parishes in Northern Ireland, with none allocated to the Republic.
But last night Irish Church sources said that because the Irish Bishops' Conference is an all-Ireland body, every effort would be made to distribute the modest allocation among all 26 dioceses across the island.
Tickets for two other major events — a prayer vigil in London's Hyde Park and a ceremony marking the beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman at Cofton Park in Birmingham — will only be given to parishes in England and Wales.
Security at all three public celebrations will be tight and visitors must travel in parish groups headed by a ‘pilgrim leader'. Each person in the group must hold a pass to gain admission.
This means that the only opportunity for many Irish Catholics to see the Pope will be when he travels through the streets of Edinburgh and London in the Popemobile.
A spokesman for the Scottish Catholic Bishops Conference said only parishes in Northern Ireland would receive passes as the Pope, having been invited by the Queen, will be on a State rather than a pastoral visit. “There are two ways the Irish can see the Pope — they could get involved in the street celebrations in Edinburgh or, depending on their connections with the north, they could go through parishes there,” he added.
Here are some of the comments:
It is interesting to note the Catholic Church has extended invitations to British Catholics in Northern Ireland and not Irish Catholics in the Republic of Ireland. Obviously the Catholic Church recognises the border even if others like to pretend it doesn’t exist.
Having to pay for tickets is ridiculous. No doubt they'll be giving them away come nearer the time as there's very little if any demand for them. Anything to make a few quid. No one should be surprised really, at the end of the day the church and money go hand in hand!
i can imagine ticket touts on the go,roll up roll up for the greatest show in the country, tickets only twenty-five quid each.;
As the pop-group ABBA would sing=MONEY,MONEY,MONEY,ITS A RICH-MAN'S WORLD.
May,life,light and love be ever with you.