300 000 pilgrims expected at beatification

2011-03-29 21:37

Rome - The number of pilgrims expected to attend late pope John Paul II's beatification on May 1 has dropped dramatically, the Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi (ORP) organisation in charge of preparations says.

"We expect around 300 000 pilgrims for the day of the beatification," said ORP head Cesare Atuire on Tuesday, adding that the figure was just a current estimate.

The Vatican had said earlier it expected between two million and two-and-a-half million people to arrive in Rome for the ceremony that will put John Paul on the path to sainthood and during which his coffin will lie in state.

Atuire said the earlier estimate had been based on the number of faithful who attended John Paul's funeral.

Hotels in Rome have seen a spate of cancellations in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan and the escalation of military operations in Libya.

  • les wood - 2011-03-30 04:22

    300 000 suckers who have yet to realise Christianity is a fraud. A manufactured money grubbing business that changes its marketing strategies as it goes along. The bible, ever malleable in interpretation, is used as the justification to make tithing sheeple feel superior and to set them apart form the rest of society. Beautification for the ugliest of them all. Christian lifestyle is a live fantasy roleplaying game among magic, spirits and demons.

      Jaimo - 2011-03-30 07:09

      True Christianity is the exultation of JESUS CHRIST who is ALIVE and WELL and seated in Heaven right now! This stuff you are refering to is a disgrace, and a false man made religion of the dead and deceived! I dont blame you for being disgusted, but look to the truth - seek and you will find - reality and LIFE!

      Alves - 2011-03-30 08:52

      Ha ha ha Les Wood, you would seem to be yet another believer in the hoax dvd 'Zeitgeist', before you make such comments on Christianity of which it seems you have little knowledge, try writing something with a little more substance maybe throw in a little fact or two to help substantiate your remarks, your remarks are very shallow and reminds me of someone who never got a lot of love as a kid and hates the world for it. Good does exist and so does evil, you make your choice.....oh and for the record there are more than 2.1 billion 'suckers', it seems to me you are the big sucker!

      thabiso.marumo - 2011-03-30 08:54

      Jaimo heaven refers to outer space or the universe, were in outer space is Jesus seating, is he just floating in outer space with no space suete. one of the greatest myths christianity has created is that they is a place called heaven which is invisible and only through Jesus can you get there, Nasa has sent people to heaven on many occasions.

  • XXian - 2011-03-30 06:01

    All this does is simply add to the world’s considerable stockpile of stupid.

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