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Pope visit set to draw huge crowds

The Local · 7 Jun 2011, 16:12

Published: 07 Jun 2011 16:12 GMT+02:00

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The vicar general of the Erfurt Diocese in Thuringia, Raimund Beck, said on Tuesday that 74,000 people had already signed up for tickets to the papal services in Erfurt and Etzelbach.

The head of the Catholic Church, who hails from Marktl am Inn in Bavaria, is making his first state visit to his home country as pope from September 22 to 25. Since mid-May, followers have been able to register either online or through their local parish.

In Erfurt’s case, the 42,000 requests were already considerably greater than the capacity for the Domplatz where the service will be held, though the city was planning to show the service on large screens.

Beck said that, all up about 120,000 ticket requests had been received for the five public services: Erfurt and Etzelbach in Thuringia, Berlin, and two services in Freiburg, Bavaria.

Given the expected overcrowding and after the lessons learnt from the Duisburg Love Parade tragedy last year, in which 21 people died in a crowd crush, extra security is being planned for the Erfurt service, city official Ingo Mlejnek said.

Separate from the number of tickets requested, Etzelsbach expected up to 50,000 people to make pilgrimages to the small town, said the head of the co-ordinating office for the papal visit, Kurt Herzberg.

Applicants for tickets should out by the end of June whether or not they have been successful, Beck said.

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The Erfurt Diocese is calling for volunteers to care for elderly guests during the visit.

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22:23 June 7, 2011 by lumberjack
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00:01 June 8, 2011 by jmclewis
Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger was placed in charge of church discipline by Karol Józef Wojtyła. In this role he did his best to shield and cover up for paedophile priest! Thank God he failed in this mission! The fact that he has not quit is a testament to his arrogance and ignorance!
11:14 June 8, 2011 by delvek
The church and its 1000's of priests do so much good for communities around the world, it is very exciting to see that posters such as jmclewis are among the few that continue to condemn the entire church for the sins of some.

I hope to be able to make it out to see him. We were down at the Vatican last year and went to the public blessing, although I am not Catholic, I was incredibly moved by him.
11:20 June 8, 2011 by marimay
Yeah, they do so much good without trying to convert people, right? No, not right.
12:07 June 8, 2011 by delvek
I have never had a Catholic try to convert me. Never quite understood how people could have hatred towards religions that despite some bad apples do good for the world over.

Besides convert is a strong word. If they bring along with their help the teachings found in the Bible and someone feels moved by what they experience, is that a bad thing? Oh, are you rehashing old history or living in todays world?

See the forest not the tree ... see the future not tomorrow.
14:25 June 8, 2011 by rosenthalenglish
Benedict Xvi has done more than anyone else within the Catholic Church to sort out and weed out Priests who use children as sexual objects.jmclewis-your comment is typical of those who do not know the full truth.Even when they do they would still persist in their lies about him.
14:34 June 8, 2011 by jmclewis
delvek The catholic church does acts of good and this gives a complete pass to all the perversion, sin and law breaking by the leadership? The leadership are involved in a conspiracy to protect pedophile priest, this was not a few priest or a few children, the numbers of victims are probably in the thousands and the priest are multitudes of hundreds. The church had a reeducation camp in Arizona to fix these priest they did not think they should be accountable to the law. To this day they get special treatment if this was a business it would be out closed and the leadership in jail.
14:49 June 8, 2011 by trash head
A black coat and he could attend every carneval as dark sithlord ...
14:54 June 8, 2011 by delvek
jmc your numbers are out of control, there is sin and lawlessness everywhere. People fault religion and lose their souls because they focus on the man part of the church. Man is sinful get over it!

I never said it gives a pass, I just said, its important to give just as much recognition to how much good is done in a world where most people are only interested in themselves. There are many priests and other religious members who give themselves to so much good that never gets recognized.

Instead we have small minded tumbleweeds who knee jerk post PEDOPHILES!!!!
15:20 June 8, 2011 by XFYRCHIEF
I find it appalling - the clothes this man wears could feed a starving family for a year. The cost of this trip could do much for those living in horrible conditions in many parts of the world. He tells us that we should look forward to heaven, but rides in a bullet proof fishbowl, afraid someone might kill him. When the Pope shows up wearing sackcloth and walking, I'll think about believing. I just wonder what Jesus would have to say about the lavish lifestyle this man and his cronies live in.
18:34 June 8, 2011 by Jack Kerouac
I agree with Delvek - Catholics do not try to convert people like some other religions do. People focus on the sins of a few fallable men and are filled with ignorance and hatred that they condemn the entire faith!

On another note, the whole pediphile thing is getting old. How many jokes have been made regarding that subject? Are people that ignorant that they hold desperately onto some shameful incidents in the past to denounce believers? What does a man accomplish when he condemns a faith like this? It's not like any opinions are going to change it. The fact is there are over one billion Catholics in the world, and as the original Christian religion, there are bound to be some bad people in such a large and old organization. Men are corruptable - God is not.
20:44 June 8, 2011 by lumberjack
I'll rephrase my comment, since someone found it offensive and had it removed.

"The Erfurt Diocese is calling for volunteers to care for elderly guests during the visit."

Will The Erfurt Diocese also call for volunteers to care for the children and/or adults that will relive the horror of abuse that they have suffered and which they will be reminded of due to this visit?

Signed an Ex-Catholic who now sees "The Light".

P.S. good luck at having this removed.
05:19 June 9, 2011 by jmclewis
delvek, I appologize my numbers are on the low side! Man is sinful get over it! ......... you should try giving this advice to one of the victims in Canada, USA, Mexico, England, or Ireland. I probably left out a few countries in these rare isolated incidents oh sorry I meant to say Felony Crimes!

The 2004 John Jay Report was based on a study of 10,667 allegations against 4,392 priests accused of engaging in sexual abuse of a minor between 1950 and 2002.


Hitler did some good with his vision for the Autobahn and VW so with your logic we can ignore the genocide.
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