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. Sally

    Well, if there's one thing that could make an address by that man more annoying...

    August 24, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  2. David

    Next the Pope will ban the vulva...uh, if he hasn't already! :-O

    August 24, 2010 at 9:28 pm |
    • dalis

      You've never actually seen one, have you?

      August 24, 2010 at 9:58 pm |
  3. A Miracle Occured

    First ever CNN story where the comments didn't make me want to poke my eyes out. I actually laughed a lot.

    August 24, 2010 at 7:56 pm |
    • Chickenbut

      I laughed too. That picture is perfect.

      August 25, 2010 at 1:02 am |
  4. Eric G

    This was part of the new rules set down by the pope. "Attention all priests......no blowing large horns in public places."

    August 24, 2010 at 7:49 pm |
    • Frogist

      Ahh Eric if only he would ban blowing the little boys in private...

      August 25, 2010 at 11:08 am |
  5. Terence Gaffney

    The POPE is quite correct in wanting to BAN those terrible VUVUZLA's and other noisy instruements! The VUVUZLA's ruined the South African world soccer games! Sounded like a swarm of wasps ALLTHRU the games!!!! How they can blow those things all thru the games and still enjoy the football beats me!!! One particular game was so bad I had to turn-off the game and read about it later.

    August 24, 2010 at 7:33 pm |
  6. JUstMOi

    All i want for Xmas is a vuvuzela ..Come on Papapope.... How about a nice white gazebo with a Marching band playing ?

    August 24, 2010 at 7:11 pm |
  7. steve

    ugh, just the stupid media squeezing out all it can from an already dead buzz word: vuvuzela. Nowhere in the actual release did it say anything about vuvuzelas. Only an idiot would think that they WERE NOT included in the list when it blatantly said no to musical Instruments. So then we get some idiot from the Daily Telegraph to ask specifically about vuvuzelas just so he can get a headline. Ugh.

    August 24, 2010 at 7:11 pm |
    • ugh

      ugh, ugh! ugh ugh, ughly ugh! Try clicking the link where it says "full list," where it does in fact mention vuvuzelas! UGH! UGHHHHHH!!!!

      August 25, 2010 at 2:28 pm |
    • steve

      dear ugh,

      I'm not sure what list you are reading, but your comments made me actually look at the list a SECOND time and again, NOWHERE does it mention vuvuzelas specifically. Thank you for your worthless post. Please practice what you preach and look for yourself, here is the URL for where the link takes you:


      Please read it and point to me where it mentions vuvuzelas specifically.


      August 25, 2010 at 4:17 pm |
  8. paulthinkingoutloud

    I think before anyone considers using the South African instruments at large religious gathering like this, they should first try them out at their local church.

    August 24, 2010 at 7:04 pm |
  9. PJ

    Who the heck would want to see that evil old man. I hope he dresses down and leaves his red silk shoes and fur hat at home. The Brits prefer quiet dress codes. What a horrible old man and I'm Catholic.

    August 24, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  10. gary in san diego

    It probably the basic shape of a vuvuzela that would overly excite the old man.

    August 24, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
    • j

      he he he

      August 24, 2010 at 6:09 pm |
  11. Pete

    And of course don't forget the other rules:
    *Nobody but the Pope gets to wear a big pointy hat.
    *If you come dressed as the Crow, you're NOT GETTING IN to the party!

    August 24, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  12. Dave

    I need a bumper sticker that reads: "My other post is in moderation!"

    August 24, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
    • One Whose Name Means Beloved of God

      I'd buy one.

      August 24, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
    • TammyB

      I'd definitely buy one. Still have a couple of posts still awaiting after days.

      August 24, 2010 at 7:01 pm |
  13. Buddah2112

    Religion...Once again...NO FUN!

    August 24, 2010 at 4:00 pm |
  14. Eric

    Another test.

    August 24, 2010 at 3:30 pm |
    • Kate


      Nope, didn't work. This reply is a figment of your imagination. Expect Reality to turn around and yell at you if you believe otherwise shortly 😛

      August 25, 2010 at 12:12 am |
  15. Reality

    Once the Catholic Church is deflawed and the mu-ck and ste-nch of 2000 years of voo-doo-ing the ho-od-oo of blo-od sacrifices, resurre-ctions, as-censions, vir-gin births and key to heaven and the mu-mbo j-u–m-boing of atonement and original sin removed, there will be no po-pe and very little of the RCC left since only the ancient-derived Beat-itudes and Commandments will be left standing. Ditto for all religions!!!

    August 24, 2010 at 2:54 pm |
    • Damon

      Ad-ding das-hes r-an-dom-l-y t-o you-r po-st did-n-'t make it- an-y m-o-r-e ins-ght-f-ul.


      August 24, 2010 at 3:07 pm |
    • Reality


      The moderators of this blog have set up a secret forbidden word filter which unfortunately not only will delete or put in the dreaded "waiting for moderation" category but also will do the same to words having fragments of these words. For example, "t-it" is in the set but the filter will also pick up words like t-itle, beati-tude and const-tution. Then there words like "an-al" thereby flagging words like an-alysis and "c-um" flagging acc-umulate. You would think that the moderators would have corrected this by now considering the number of times this has been commented on but they have not. To be safe, I typically add hyphens in any word that said filter might judge "of-fensive".

      August 24, 2010 at 3:25 pm |
    • TammyB

      Gosh! You never let anyone have any fun!

      August 24, 2010 at 3:33 pm |
    • smepress

      I give you a heart-felt, standing ovation for that comment!

      August 24, 2010 at 3:49 pm |
    • Dave

      I totally thought you were just mimicking hymns...lol

      August 24, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
    • Kate


      Like "cut-and-paste" and "cross-posted" ... oh, and incomprehensible 🙂

      August 24, 2010 at 9:42 pm |
    • cackle

      you guys r great, really

      August 25, 2010 at 12:55 am |
  16. Squeezebox

    We have a folk mass, a polka mass, a country mass, a rock mass, why not a vuvuzela mass? >;-)

    August 24, 2010 at 2:50 pm |
  17. One Whose Name Means Beloved of God

    OK...I'll bite... Why would anyone be traveling with a gazebo?

    "Look out! He's got a gazebo!!!"

    August 24, 2010 at 2:38 pm |
    • MetalDemonJ

      I'm with you on this one.. Are gazebos really much of a security threat in this day and age? What with all the newest anti-gazebo technology, I don't think anybody would be able to sneak one past the first checkpoint.

      August 24, 2010 at 2:59 pm |
    • X

      Of course they wouldn't be traveling with a gazebo. They buy the lumber locally and build it on site.

      August 24, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
    • One Whose Name Means Beloved of God

      No...X. It's pretty clear–"what not to bring"....

      Still not sure that its really that common they have to comment on it....

      August 24, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
    • X

      OK. That was a joke.

      I think what they meant is the portable gazebos or tents that people set up. That would block the view for a lot of people.

      August 24, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
    • One Whose Name Means Beloved of God

      Ah. Next time mark your sarcasm with a nice little devil face, OK? there are way too many people here who really would post just what you did in seriousness... : P

      And I suppose I could buy that argument for it's banning. It just sounds really silly.

      August 24, 2010 at 6:47 pm |
  18. TammyB

    I want a vuvuzela! I would use it for many occasions! How about sunrise services on Easter morning? That would wake everyone up!

    August 24, 2010 at 1:47 pm |
  19. New Way

    The pope and Paypal are getting together for Papal Paypal

    August 24, 2010 at 1:37 pm |
  20. dev

    vuvuzelas would add a lot to a high mass

    August 24, 2010 at 1:35 pm |
    • AB

      High Mass was when we went to the local park and go high instead of going to church.

      August 24, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
    • bc

      AB, you're clever. Can I be like you.

      August 25, 2010 at 8:49 am |
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