"We are incredibly lucky that the pope will come to us!" Thomas, 50, will attend mass on Saturday at the Velodrome with his daughter Barbara and niece Alicia. Two teenagers not really excited by the obstacle course that is coming: the march to access the stadium, the wait inside the enclosure (closing of the doors for the public at 15 pm for an arrival of the sovereign pontiff scheduled an hour later)... "With the celebration, I counted six hours. It makes them moan, but I'm sure they'll remember that time together and the fervor that will come out of it. This will be our pilgrimage," Thomas smiles.
The testimonies of the future participants crossed in town - they will be 57,000 - are all imbued with fervor and joy at the idea of the communion to come. For the clergy, it is of course an exceptional moment that is being prepared. Bishop Ellul, who worked for the success of this historic visit by having the stoles and chasubles made...
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