Cardinal Newman’s beatification ticket may have just gotten a lot harder to score. The Telegraph reports the pope’s visit is over budget, and events may be downsized or trimmed back.
There is now talk of downgrading the pinnacle of the visit, the beatification of Cardinal Newman before 200,000 pilgrims at Coventry Airport, to an event attended by just 10,000 at a seminary in Birmingham, St Mary’s, Oscott.
I wasn’t planning on attending–though it would be so sweet to visit England. Other pilgrims from overseas may want to wait this out, and see if the finances get unsnarled. The Cardinal Newman event may be more than twenty times harder to attend. You know the hierarchy and dignitaries are attending, even if they had to hold the event in a shoebox. Factor in the priests and seminarians, and maybe the laity are up for seven or eight thousand tickets instead of nearly 200K.