Portuguese criticise Lisbon mayor over pricey altar for Pope

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By Catarina Demony LISBON (Reuters) – Lisbon’s mayor has been sharply criticised on Portuguese social media after it was revealed his office would spend over 5 million euros ($5.4 million) to build an altar for Pope Francis to celebrate a mass at this year’s World Youth Day. The Portuguese capital will host from Aug. 1-6 the international festival bringing together the Pope and hundreds of thousands of young Catholics from all over the world. Observador newspaper reported on Tuesday the mayor’s office had hired the country’s largest construction company, Mota-Engil, to build the altar for 4.2 …

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