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Complications plague planning for Pope's trip to Great Britain

Catholic World News - 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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  • Posted by: Lisa Nicholas, PhD - Jun. 03, 2010 11:39 PM ET USA

    We all need to be praying for this, and all planned papal trips, that demonic as well as secular forces will not obstruct the ministry of Christ's Vicar on Earth.

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