Pope Francis leads tens of thousands of people in mass at Marseille stadium | EUROtoday

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Pope France on Saturday led tens of thousands of people inside an enormous sports activities stadium in a Catholic mass that’s the spotlight of his two-day go to to the French Mediterranean metropolis of Marseille.

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“Bonjour Marseille, bonjour la France!” the pontiff stated in French as he opened the mass at the Vélodrome stadium which was additionally attended by President Emmanuel Macron.

Francis entered the stadium aboard his popemobile after being pushed at strolling tempo in the open prime automobile via the streets of the town to obtain the greetings of residents waving Vatican and French flags, AFP correspondents stated.

There was a festive ambiance because the mass received beneath manner, the stands of the 67,000 capability venue nearly full and people additionally standing on the pitch in a stadium extra used to internet hosting soccer and rugby matches.

According to the native authorities there have been 50,000 people in the stadium whereas 100,000 had lined the streets throughout the popemobile’s tour.