Four million to receive the Pope?  “It is more than an altar.  Nothing like it has ever been done”, says Carlos Moedas

Carlos Moedas justified this Tuesday the high cost of altar to receive Pope Francis in the World Youth Daysstating that it is an unprecedented infrastructure, like a kind of “building”.

The mayor of Lisbon also added that the objective is for this structure to be used in the future for other events and, to SIC, revealed that the initial prices were around 18 million euroswith the Chamber managing to reduce the amount three times after consulting seven companies.

This “altar” for the Pope will cost the municipality 4.2 million euros. The municipal company of the Lisbon Chamber that is reclassifying Parque Tejo awarded the stage altar to the construction company Mota-Engil. The construction company now has about five months to carry out the project.

“We want this infrastructure to stay in the future. I knew it was going to be very expensive, a big investment for the city, but we cannot, as a city and as a country, not welcome the Pope”, said Moedas

However, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, who had asked for explanations to the organization about the cost of the “altar”, says that Carlos Moedas’ explanations justify the investment of 4.2 million euros.

After speaking with Carlos Moedas, the head of state said that “Lisbon intends (…) to use the structure for other ideas that may be more interesting”.

“(…) Like, for example, a green leisure center, but another type of more stable structure for other types of events. This explains not only the feature or the immediate objective, but the lasting investment that is made there” , he added.

Last Thursday, the Lisbon City Council approved the contracting of a medium and long-term loan, up to the amount of 15.3 million euros, to finance investments within the scope of the World Youth Days.

THE WYD is the biggest meeting of young Catholics from all over the world with the Pope, which takes place every two or three years, between July and August. Lisbon was the city chosen in 2019 to host the 2022 meeting, which was moved to 2023 due to the covid-19 pandemic.

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