Have invitations been allocated to the dioceses of Scotland, England and Wales for the large events? At the moment, we are not yet fully certain of the exact numbers we can accommodate. This is because there are health and safety issues, security considerations and comfort requirements. Once the number of attendees at each venue has been decided upon invitations will be allocated to the dioceses for each of these large events....has been translated into this (on several blogs, though I suspect with the viral effect typical of the ether and served by people not tracking back to the first source - I cite from here):
How will invitations be allocated? At this stage, it will probably be done in terms of the relative size of the diocese. Another factor will be the geographic proximity of the diocese to a particular gathering. Decisions will be made with a view to making sure as many people as feasibly possible can be with Pope Benedict.
I was quite amazed to hear that the powers-that-be are attempting to restrict the numbers of people attending events during the Papal visit.I think it is worth remembering, too, the part played by internet coverage of the visit of St Therese's relics last Autumn. I certainly found it very helpful to follow the visit via the blog before my own opportunity to visit the relics "live" (so to speak). That streaming and internet coverage is being planned for the Papal visit should not in any way be read as an invitation to stay at home rather than participate "live". It is a case of both-and, I think, not either-or. One can follow at home those events that one is unable to attend live.
Oh, dear. I'm off message again ....