Want the pope to speak at your next sacred monument dedication/World Youth Day/ CYO fund-raiser? It will cost you. Pope Benedict has been in Marche's famous pilgrimage spot, Loreto, this weekend for "Save Creation Day". The event cost more than 20 million euros to organize, 5 million of which will be covered by taxpayers, the local media is grumbling.
But, I say, should we really be putting a price tag on "creation day"? Everybody now: Of course not!