September 15th, 2010
06:11 PM ET

Anger awaits pope on landmark UK visit

London, England (CNN) - Pope Benedict XVI arrives in Britain this week amid criticism over the landmark visit's cost to taxpayers and anger over the Vatican's record on child abuse and human rights.

A huge security operation is being mounted to protect the pontiff during his four-day tour - the first papal state visit to Britain - bumping estimated costs beyond £20 million ($31 million), with over half coming from government funds.

Tens of thousands are expected to greet Benedict at public Masses in the cities of Glasgow, Birmingham, and London and on the sidelines of meetings with political leaders, royalty and bridge-building events with Anglican Church officials

Benedict's September 16-19 trip is scheduled to culminate in the beatification of British Cardinal John Henry Newman, a Catholic convert who died in 1890 and is credited with helping rebuild Britain's Catholic community.

But with apathy and anger denting the UK's Catholic following (estimated at 9 percent of the population), the atmosphere greeting Benedict is expected to be very different from that festivities which met a pastoral visit 28 years ago by his predecessor John Paul II.

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- CNN Belief Blog

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Darwi

    Anger awaits him over here, too.

    September 16, 2010 at 1:24 am |
  2. Reality

    Not for moderation:

    B16 like many of us suffers from the Three B Syndrome i.e. he was Bred, Born and Brainwashed in his religion. For this reason, he is unable to think past the shackles put upon him by the likes of Paul, Mark, Matthew, Luke and John.

    The wishful thinking done by these five scribes approximately 2000 years ago continued the embellishment and fiction tradition of the Jewish scribes. The locals paid for a good story of myth and imminent second coming. There was no money in the truth but now we know the truth and it boils down to two simple statements, Do No Harm and Love Thy Neighbor as yourself.

    September 16, 2010 at 12:17 am |
    • Frank

      I think it's more simple: Joey and all the other religious wh@remongers just love the power and attention. I bet he loves it when all these third world pilgrims in poverty bend the knee and kiss his ring. He's the same as these trashy televangelists like Benny Hinn. It's an incredible ego boost to be thought the most 'holy' man in the world, a modern Roman Emporer of an even more debased sort. I bet it makes him shiver in ecstacy.

      September 16, 2010 at 12:33 am |
  3. bob

    No mention of meeting the Queen in Edinburgh???

    September 15, 2010 at 9:30 pm |
  4. Frank

    The public is footing half of that bill? Even I'm outraged and I don't live in the UK!

    September 15, 2010 at 9:11 pm |
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