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Pope faces protests and apathy on visit to Britain

Pope faces protests and apathy on visit to Britain

Survey reveals that 77% of people questioned felt taxpayer should not contribute to cost of pontiff’s trip When Benedict XVI lands at Edinburgh airport on Thursday, he is unlikely to get the rapturous reception that greeted John Paul II on his visit to Britain in 1982.

Over the coming days, the pope will be faced with protesters demanding action on clerical sexual abuse of children and voicing anger at the £20m cost of the state visit, and must also contend with public apathy.

A recent survey revealed 77% of people questioned felt the taxpayer should not contribute to the cost of the visit, with 79% saying they had “no personal interest” in the pontifical trip.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/sep/10/pope-faces-protests-british-visits

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