Mgr Summersgill said most Sunday collections remained within their diocese but for big national collections - such as the Day for Life, which supports the Catholic Church's pro-life work - the Church would expect to collect about £400,000 to £500,000.He said for the Papal visit the church hoped people would double their contributions to come up with close to a million.Secondly, one in 10 people in this country is Catholic.
In March the National Secular Society (NSS) pressure group delivered a 28,000-name petition to Downing Street objecting to any state funding of what they say is a religious activity.
'No economic benefit'Terry Sanderson, president of the NSS, said the benefits of the state visit did not justify its cost.
But of course, as we've seen with state visits to other countries, it's the security that's the big ticket.
"The Church is trying to take the sting out of this by raising £7m.
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