Mr. Sheke added, “This site will accommodate at least 2 million people. It is the only site in Kinshasa that can accommodate so many people.”
“The site will be divided into 25 zones to allow easy movement of people and the zones will be separated by walkways. These zones are not identical in size and will each hold between 30,000 and 100,000 seats,” the site engineer of the Papal dais further said, adding that “the platform where the altar will be erected is 45×28 metres.”
“Regarding the site of Goma, as there will be worshippers who will come from neighboring countries, it is the site of Kibumba which has been selected and has a dimension of 1,500,000m ²,” Mr. Sheke said.
The site in Goma, he continued, “which has seen the passage of lava from the Nyragongo volcano, will have a capacity of at least 4 million people.”
Mr. Sheke said that there will be “32 access roads that take into account the mobility of Congolese.”
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The other four sites in Kinshasa, such as the Palais de la Nation, are the places where the Pope will meet some personalities, he said.
According to the engineer, “15 June 2022 is the date chosen to hand over the structure to the Catholic Church, but as there are also decorative aspects, we will work until two days before the event.”
On March 31, Archbishop Balestrero told journalists that the planned Papal visit is for everyone in the Central African nation, and not just for Catholics.
On May 28, officials of the Holy See Press unveiled the itinerary of Pope Francis’ Apostolic visit to DRC and what they described an “Ecumenical Peace Pilgrimage to the South Sudanese Land and People”.
Jude Atemanke is a Cameroonian journalist with a passion for Catholic Church communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Buea in Cameroon. Currently, Jude serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.