Thousands of tickets for Pope Benedict UK visit unsold
The Pope will arrive in the UK for his four-day trip on Thursday
Thousands of tickets remain unsold for events during the visit of the Pope, who arrives in Scotland on Thursday.
The largest organised event is an open-air Mass at Bellahouston Park in Glasgow on the opening day of Pope Benedict XVI's trip to the UK.
The capacity has been reduced to 80,000 after a slow take-up of tickets.
Dioceses in England and Wales have also reported thousands of unfilled places for a London vigil and the service to beatify Cardinal Newman in Birmingham.
Jack Valero, who is co-ordinating the beatification of 19th Century English cardinal John Henry Newman in Cofton Park on Sunday, said: "It is still not as many as expected, although it's pretty full."
He said he expected 50,000 people to attend the 60,000-capacity event which requires a "pilgrim pack" costing up to £25 for entry.
The London vigil takes place in Hyde Park on Saturday.
BBC religious affairs correspondent Robert Pigott says the relatively slow uptake of passes for the big events appears to indicate less enthusiasm among Catholics to see Pope Benedict than they showed for his charismatic predecessor John Paul II 28 years ago.
Pope Benedict is due to arrive on Thursday for a four-day visit, which has already sparked controversy over its cost and relevance.
The cost of policing the trip will be up to £1.5m, the Association of Chief Police Officers has estimated.
A BBC poll ahead of the Pope's arrival found almost six-in-10 British Catholics asked said their faith was not "generally valued" in British society but 70% expected the visit to help the Catholic Church in the UK.
The pontiff will go to Edinburgh, Glasgow, London and Birmingham on the first visit by a pope to the UK since John Paul II in 1982.
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Maybe the people are trying to tell you something ! Why pay to go see the head of a worldwide Paedo ring ?