Wow. Any chance possible to cash in on Beatification-Mania I suppose! ;)
I'm having a little trouble wrapping my head around inserting the Pope's face into a validation machine!
We have a "special" in the UK, although not quite as holy as Rome's
The Repubblica reported last week that hotel reservations for the weekend were falling far short of expectations. They think there will be lots of tightwad day trippers, though, maybe arriving on buses from Poland (and elsewhere) after all-night rides, probably with a sack lunch.
The Italian state and the city of Rome are spending a fortune on this, including the extra security; the entire city is going to be a no-fly zone, except for state helicopters and military planes. In 2000, they also spent a fortune preparing for hordes of pilgrims, for the Jubilee Year, who never materialized.
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