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Scottish faithful will not have to pay to attend papal Mass

By on Thursday, 15 July 2010

Scots attending the papal Mass at Bellahouston Park near Glasgow will not have to pay a fee towards transport costs, the Scottish bishops have said.

Unlike their counterparts in England and Wales, Scottish pilgrims to the big papal event in Scotland, an open-air Mass at Bellahouston Park, will not be charged a £10 or £25 fee.

A spokesman for the Scottish Catholic media office said: “Scottish pilgrims travelling to the papal Mass at Bellahouston Park will not be expected to pay a charge to attend.

“Instead, parishes will be asked to contribute to the overall cost of the event, including transport costs. We hope that spreading the costs in this way will ensure that all those who wish to attend can do so regardless of their means. At the same time, parishioners who are able to make individual financial contributions can of course do so.”

Pilgrims – as those attending the public papal events in England and Wales are called – will be expected to pay £25 towards travel costs to the beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman at Cofton Park, Birmingham, and £10 for the prayer vigil in Hyde Park in London.

The 1,000 priests concelebrating in Birmingham will also have to pay, though the 2,000 VIPs attending the events will not.

Those attending the beatification will receive pilgrim packs, which include a CD, a travel card, health and safety information and a Magnificat prayer book.

The Bellahouston Park event, on Thursday, September 16, will be attended by about 100,000 Catholics – more than half of Scotland’s Mass-going population. It will be the biggest outdoor event in Scotland this year.

It is expected that another 140,000 people will line the streets of Edinburgh and be able to welcome the Holy Father as he travels by popemobile through the city.

The biggest event of the trip is likely to be the Hyde Park vigil, which may be attended by up to 130,000 people. The beatification Mass at Cofton Park, meanwhile, is expected to accommodate a crowd of about 80,000.

  • defiant12314

    This is not fair, I have applied for tickets to the Beatification Mass at Crofton park and although I am willing to pay the £30 for transport costs have not Idea why my scottish brothers and sisters will not have to…….. grr.

  • Alangaunt

    Look back in history!!! England is not Catholic and the Pope is most unwelcome here!!!!

  • Allan

    Oh my God! Wh is this Papal visit raising so many financial sqabbles? Is the Pope that expensive to host..or its selfishness and greed. If they dont want him to visit, let it be clear,;he has many more others places to visit. Its funny how rich nations cling to money….funny indeed!

  • tarcisius

    Nor is Scotland, and there's certainly some parts of the populace who will be very much against it. At the end of the day its perfectly fair, just the two separate and distinct Bishops Conferences have decided on different methods of covering the costs.

  • Devaney Mm

    not true-what about the £20 'donation' people are asked to give?

  • eddy

    i am not catholic and no not have any problem with his visit. it is a state vist- he was invited by the queen. as for money -so what! the government spend it on worst things that a holy man speaking about God.