One year before the biggest Catholic event in the world arrives in Portugal, there is an impasse over where and how everything will happen. World Youth Day (WYD) brings Pope Francis and hundreds of thousands of pilgrims to Lisbon and Loures for a week, but the Lisbon City Council (CML) has not yet signed the memorandum of understanding, which it sent in April , and which distributes the work, account and locations of the various initiatives. Including the Pope’s welcome event.
In the limit, if there is no understanding in the coming weeks, part of the WYD events may even leave the capital. Even because the deadlines start to get tight, as recognized by all the entities involved. Expresso knows, moreover, that alternatives are already being considered, from Vila Franca de Xira to Cascais.