Should the taxpayer fund the Pope's visit?
The head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, Archbishop Vincent Nichols has said it is right that UK taxpayers should help pay for the Pope's trip to Britain. What are your views?
Pope Benedict XVI is due to arrive on 16 September and it is thought that the cost of the visit could rise to between £10m and £12m.
However, Archbishop Nichols told the BBC's Andrew Marr programme it would be a "sad day" when the UK "closes its doors and says we can't afford state visits".
A recent survey carried out by think tank Theos claims that some 77% of Britons feel that taxpayers should not help pay for the Pontiff's forthcoming visit.
Do you agree with Archbishop Nichols? Will the Pope's visit be good for the UK? Is it justified during a time of economic crisis? Will you be going to see him?
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