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Secret papal Mass plans left in a pub

By on Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Secret plans detailing the Pope’s exact movements during the Mass at Cofton Park were left behind in a pub, it emerged this week.

The five-page document was found at Moorings bar and grill in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire. It revealed where the Pope’s car would be parked, where he would be vesting, and the route he would take to the stage. It also showed exactly where VIPs would be sitting.

Jim Treherne, the manager of the bar, said: “If someone with malicious intent got their hands on these they’d be able to plan all sorts of trouble. It beggars belief that they were just left lying around.”

He said the document was left by two smartly dressed men who had lunch and a bottle of wine. It appeared to be drawn up for the events company WRG.

Mr Treherne locked it away, expecting the men to return, but has now handed it over to police.

The beatification Mass at Cofton Park will be attended by about 65,000 people, including 2,000 priests, 2,000 VIPs and a choir of 1,200.

It will be the first beatification ever on English soil and the first one by Pope Benedict XVI.

  • Ratbag

    Thank you, Tim Treherne!

  • shepherd

    Would that be Jack V and Austen I?

  • Marianne Johnpillai

    Wonder what the intent of the gentlemen were in the first place? Did they really want someone to get their hands on those documents? Someone who goes to the bar with such sensitive information could not be someone loyal to the Pope. Well, that is my belief anyway. Thank God for Mr Treherne's foresight and high principles. I live in SL and if I ever visit Warwickshire, when I come over to visit my son, I will pay him a visit to thank him personally. God bless you sir!

  • Bwaj

    Thank you for handing these plans in. If they had got into the wrong hands the result could have been disastrous.

  • Mundabor

    The food must have been really good.

    Where I grew up, it was generally forbidden to take sensitive documents outside of an office. The modern “have fun whilst working”, “let's do this review at caffe nero”-mentality has caused such a behaviour to be allowed.

    If you allow the behaviour, it is a statistical inevitability that documents will be lost or forgotten.

    I can't imagine the two chaps did this on purpose. I rather see a general problem of office culture.