Fewer people than expected have booked places to glimpse Benedict XVI at a vigil in Hyde Park this Saturday. The Pope’s fallible ticketing strategy has reportedly seen the event downgraded from 60,000 to 50,000 – or, to put it another way, he’s attracting about two-thirds of the number who turned up to watch Millwall topple Swindon Town in last season’s League One play-off final. Capacity for the open-air mass in Glasgow has also been reduced to counter the holy hole. This is the first time in a generation that the Catholic spiritual leader has visited our sceptred isle, and has drawn as much scorn as joy because of ongoing arguments concerning women priests, child abuse, policing costs and the ‘serious global public health problem‘ caused by the church’s opposition to small tubes of rubber. Correction (15:15): the figures quoted above for the Hyde Park vigil are actually for the Pope’s appearance in Birmingham. Ticket sales for Hyde Park are still lower than expected, however.