Lisbon mayor backtracks over paying for Pope’s visit on World Youth Day

Lisbon City Council and the government are said to be ‘in conflict’ over the ‘World Youth Day’ celebrations (“the greatest Catholic event in the world”, according to Expresso), scheduled for August 1-6, 2023 and to which Pope Francis will be making a visit. According to the paper, the council “was preparing a memorandum of understanding, assuming expenses (for the whole event), but has since pulled out”. Mayor Carlos Moedas wants the government to pay part of the costs – and, as a result, it is looking like religious organisers may move a number of fixtures out of the capital. Meantime, work on necessary infrastructures in the Parque Tejo, between Lisbon and Loures, is already going ahead and will cost several million euros. Just the stage on which the pontiff will give an outdoor Mass is described as costing €2 million…