Archive for September 17th, 2010

Pope’s £4.2 Million Gift to Glasgow

I’ve been reading so much nonsense recently about the cost of the Papal Visit. It was refreshing to read something about what Britain will gain financially from Pope Benedict’s presence among us.

After a wonderful day in Glasgow yesterday at Mass with Pope Benedict, I returned to the city today to have a look at Bellahouston without the crowds and then to spend some time with my Passionist brothers at Saint Mungo’s. I bought a newspaper in the railway station on my way home. The front page of Glasgow’s Evening Times had the eye-catching headline “Pope’s £4.2 Million Gift to Glasgow”. The article goes on to say:
The effect of the open-air Mass is expected to be felt far beyond Bellahouston Park as Glasgow took centre stage before a TV audience thought to be one billion strong. Glasgow City Council leader Gordon Matheson, who was introduced to the Pope, said this was an extraordinary chance for the city which had an immediate economic boost of £4.25million. He said: “People across the world will see Glasgow at its best. It is an unprecedented opportunity to profile the city to the world. It’s been a joyous occasion.”
No complaints here about the cost of the visit!

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