August 24th, 2010
12:51 PM ET

Attention pilgrims: Leave your vuvuzelas at home

In anticipation of the pope's visit to the United Kingdom next month, the official papal visit site has a helpful list of what pilgrims coming to the Mass and other events can and cannot bring.

On the do not bring list (among other things) are "alcohol, gazebos and musical instruments." See the full list.

The Australian newspaper The Daily Telegraph checked with the papal press office and found that the ban on musical instruments includes vuvuzelas. Their headline: "Pope bans vuvuzelas on British tour."

That's right pilgrims, if you bought a vuvuzela after the World Cup in South Africa leave it at home.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Catholic Church • Christianity • Culture & Science • Europe • Pope Benedict XVI • United Kingdom

soundoff (61 Responses)
  1. John

    Many of you people would say that the Pope and the Catholic Church are the greatest agents of hate and a worthless group to have around and many many other falsities. Perhaps you didn't realize that the Catholic Church has been decreasing in power over culture for the last 500 years (protestant revolt) and now the Church is hated by many and culture is ruled by those that hate the Church. Now people generaly hate their parents, hate their in-laws, hate their siblings, hate their neighbors, hate their country, hate everything and on top of that are sure that they are not the reason that there are problems in the world. Well I don't hate much (it is against my religion), but I do hate to be the one to have to say it, but maybe you guys are wrong.

    August 26, 2010 at 11:37 pm |
  2. Gary

    my last post is... ahem... "waiting moderation" which means that it's gonna get bumped 'cause i'm an atheist... guess god's pissed at me... oh NOOOOO!!!

    August 25, 2010 at 9:52 pm |
  3. davedog

    Gosh, I though vuvuzelas were those things that women have. You know, our little furry friends.

    August 25, 2010 at 9:06 am |
  4. racnem

    Why on earth would anyone want to go see the pope anyway?

    August 25, 2010 at 8:55 am |
  5. stevie68a

    Shout it from the rooftops! religion is a lie to control people! Anyone who can think for themselves would be an agnostic.

    August 25, 2010 at 8:54 am |
  6. stevie68a

    Religion cloaks itself in love, but it is about hate. Simply put, it is a wolf in sheep's clothing. Whatever good there is in religion can
    be had without it. Teach children ethics and common sense.

    August 25, 2010 at 8:47 am |
  7. stevie68a

    Will someone please arrest this "Nope". Religion is trickery, superstition, and shame. "prophet" means "profit", your "soles" are
    on the bottom of your feet (the church collects "soles") and for those of you visiting temples on the sabbath, remember that your temples are on your head.

    August 25, 2010 at 8:41 am |
  8. Reality

    Once the Catholic Church is deflawed and the errors of blood sacrifices, resurrections, ascensions, vir-gin births and key to heaven and the mumbo jumboing of atonement and original sin removed, there will be no pope and very little of the RCC left since only the ancient-derived Beat-itudes and Commandments will be left standing. Ditto for forms of Christianity!!!

    August 25, 2010 at 8:31 am |
  9. Paddycakes

    And above all, wear your brown uniforms. That'll get you into the first row. AND BY NO MEANS bring your kids.

    August 25, 2010 at 8:19 am |
  10. AGuest9

    We had to get rid of the folk mass, the polka mass, the latin mass and the country mass because it made the hispanic members of the congregation not feel welcome. Now, there is a special spanish mass, go figure...

    August 25, 2010 at 6:59 am |
  11. Twinkie House

    I would rather listen to another World Cup's worth of the godforsaken vuvuzelas than hear the Pope rattle.


    August 25, 2010 at 5:37 am |
  12. Insan Mukmin

    What about the rights of African Christians? Don't they have a place in Christianity as well? Why is the Pope always a European white male ?

    August 25, 2010 at 4:36 am |
    • Eshinesu

      An empty bowl is not holding anything.

      August 25, 2010 at 4:48 am |
    • Paddycakes

      The Catholic Church is hardly to be counted amongst Christianity, given its list of pagan festivals like Easter, Christmas, teachings of Hellfire etc. So yes, Benedict rightly heads this pagan institution!

      August 25, 2010 at 8:25 am |
  13. ta

    a hissing shame upon him for the scoundrel he is

    August 25, 2010 at 2:45 am |
  14. Jean

    Pope is such a stick in the mud! Spoil everyone's fun!

    August 25, 2010 at 1:41 am |
  15. pete

    Is "brain" on the list?

    August 25, 2010 at 12:38 am |
  16. Gopherit

    No wonder there is a ban on vuvuzelas – their blasts during the papal visit might signal the end of that institutional relic of the Roman empire!

    August 24, 2010 at 11:04 pm |
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