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Marseille: Pope Francis will go up an avenue in "Popemobile" on September 23

2023-09-10T16:13:14.077Z

Highlights: Pope Francis will board his "Popemobile" a large avenue in Marseille to meet the inhabitants. He will then preside over a high mass at the Velodrome stadium in front of tens of thousands of Marseillais. The last visit of a pope to Marseille, a city shaped by migration, dates back nearly 500 years, in 1533. The principle of this public route on one of the main avenues of Marseille was born from the "craze" aroused by the visit of Francis.


He will then preside over a high mass at the Velodrome stadium in front of tens of thousands of Marseillais.


Pope Francis will board his "Popemobile" a large avenue in Marseille to meet the inhabitants of the second city of France on September 23, before a large mass at the Velodrome stadium, announced Sunday the town hall and the diocese.

"So that all Marseillaises and all Marseillais can have the opportunity to take part in this exceptional event, the Pope will walk along the Avenue du Prado to meet the inhabitants who wish it," said the town hall and the diocese in a joint statement.

"Prado Avenue was the perfect place to host a Popemobile course"

"The Avenue du Prado, between the Mediterranean Sea and the Velodrome stadium, was the ideal place to host a Popemobile course, and we worked together with the diocese and the Prefect of Police so that tens of thousands of Marseillais could enjoy this exceptional moment together, in complete safety," said the centre-left mayor of Marseille Benoît Payan.

The principle of this public route on one of the main avenues of Marseille was born from the "craze" aroused by the visit of Francis on the occasion of the Mediterranean Meetings, according to the Archbishop of Marseille, Cardinal Jean-Marc Aveline.

"It quickly became clear to us that many requests for seats could not be met," for the mass at the Velodrome stadium, he said in the statement. Nearly 60,000 seats should be available in the stadium that usually hosts Olympique de Marseille matches.

Francis will dedicate this visit to Marseille to the migration issue

"All those who wish will be able to come and welcome Pope Francis on Prado Avenue (from 15:30 pm) and follow the celebration on giant screens," he added.

The diocese of Marseille is organizing meetings from September 17 to 24 on the themes of migration and climate change, to which the pope is invited to meet bishops and young people. Francis will dedicate this visit to Marseille to the issue of migration, including a tribute to migrants and the suffering they endure in search of a better life.

It will arrive on Friday, September 22 and depart on September 23. He is also due to hold talks with President Emmanuel Macron. The last visit of a pope to Marseille, a city shaped by migration, dates back nearly 500 years, in 1533.

Source: leparis

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