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Cabinet increases funding for papal visit

THE SLOVAK cabinet has released another Sk11 million (€262,000) in funds for the September 12 to 14 visit of the Pope, making the current total for organising the visit nearly Sk80 million (€1.9 million).

Originally the cabinet had allocated Sk68 million for the visit, but on August 20, ministers approved additional funds after officials from towns and cities the Pope is scheduled to visit, as well as some of the ministries involved in the visit, complained of insufficient funding.

From the additional package, the Culture Ministry will receive Sk2.6 million (€62,000) to establish three media centres in the towns of Bratislava, Rožňava, and Banská Bystrica, where the Pope is expected to hold mass.

The Interior Ministry will get Sk5.9 million (€140,000), state-run Slovak Television will receive Sk2.5 million (€60,000).

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