Government to spend over 36 million euros for Pope’s visit to Portugal

Written By Lara Silva

The government estimated spending 36.5 million euros on the organization of Jornada Mundial da Juventude (JMJ Lisboa 2023) when the Pope will be visiting Portugal. The JMJ is a Catholicpilgrimage event for young people from all over the world with the Pope, happening in August of 2023.

The Council of Ministers approved this Thursday a reinforcement of 20 million euros plus VAT for the the organization of JMJ, elevateing the government’s costs for the event to 36.5 million euros. 

According to the minister’s office, this value does not include costs related to security, mobility, health, and more “as the registrations for the event open only in the next few weeks and everything will depend on the number of participants.”

Lisbon was the city chosen by Pope Francisco for the next edition of Jornada Mundial da Juventude that will happen between August 1 and 6 of 2023. JMJ Lisboa 2023 will take place in various spaces in Lisbon, such as Parque Tejo, Parque Eduardo VII, Terreiro do Paco, and more. 

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According to the JMJ Lisboa 2023 website, the event is “a gathering of young people from all over the world with the Pope. Simulatenously, a pilgramage, a youth celebration, an expression of the universal Church and a strong moment of evangelization of the youth world.”

“It is an invite to a generation determined to build a fairer and more solidary world. With a clearly Catholic identity, it is open to all, whether they are closer or further form the Church,” says the website. 

The first JMJ occured in 1986 in Rome, Italy. The following editions occured in Buenos Aires (1987), Santiago de Compostela (1989), Czestochowa (1991), Denver (1993), Manila (1995), Paris (1997), Roma (2000), Toronto (2002), Colónia (2005), Sidney (2008), Madrid (2011), Rio de Janeiro (2013), Cracóvia (2016), and Panamá (2019).

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