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giant mass at the Vélodrome stadium


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franceinfo – A. Lay, S. Accarias, S. Soualmia, R. Fiorucci, C. Ferrer, S. Matthieu, S. Lapera, A. Canestraro

France Televisions

62,000 people went to Pope Francis’ mass on Saturday September 23 in Marseille (Bouches-du-Rhône). The man of the Church spoke of the selfishness and withdrawal into oneself of today’s world in his homily.

Pope Francis received a standing ovation as soon as he entered popemobile in the Vélodrome stadium, in Marseille (Bouches-du-Rhône), Saturday September 23. The sovereign pontiff is touched to the heart. He kisses an infant whom he blesses. In this temple of football, OM supporters had promised a surprise. A tifo giant with the image of the pope was deployed. The stadium was transformed into a cathedral in the space of an afternoon. 62,000 people vibrated in unison upon seeing the Holy Fathersome had tears in their eyes.

Selfishness and withdrawal

Hello Marseille, hello France.” Pope Francis begins his mass in French. This language he has difficulty mastering, but which he wants to honor until the end of his visit. In the tribune find Emmanuel Macron and his wife. At the heart of his homily, the Pope denounces in particular selfishness and withdrawal into oneself of today’s world. At the end of his speech, the Archbishop of Marseille, who had initiated his visit, paid tribute to him: “I believe that this evening, even the Good Mother has tears in her eyes.“These words make him smile and resonate in the hearts of the people of Marseille.


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