Monday, 11 February 2013


Brits off for a Vatication

As Pope Benedict XVI announces his resignation, reports search increases to Rome up 81%

Following yesterday's announcement that after almost eight years Pope Benedict XVI will become the first Pope in nearly 600 years to step down from the post, reports search increases to Rome were up 81%* as Roman Catholics across the country look to make the pilgrimage to say farewell to His Holiness.

Kate Hopcraft of said, “After yesterday's dramatic announcement it appears that the nation wants to set off for a Vatication to catch a final glimpse of Pope Benedict in his few remaining days as the head of the Catholic Church."

* Search increases up 81% on 11th February 2013, compared to the same date last year

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