Complications plague planning for Pope's trip to Great Britain
June 03, 2010
Organizers of the September visit by Pope Benedict XVI to Great Britain are battling difficulties that include sharply rising costs and unavailable personnel in key planning positions.
Church officials in London now believe that unless they scale back plans, they could face £14 million ($20.5 million) in costs for the trip-- roughly twice what they had originally expected.
Preparations have been complicated by the fact that Archbishop Faustino Sainz Muñoz is recovering from a stroke. On the government's side, new civil-service officials are in place after a leaked memo ridiculing the Pope forced the resignation of a staff member.
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