The coming of Pope Francis to Marseille, on the occasion of the Mediterranean Meetings, Friday September 22 and Saturday September 23, attracts Catholics but also many personalities (political, cultural, artistic, etc.). Among them, Gad Elmaleh, who will speak at the Vélodrome stadium before the giant mass celebrated by the sovereign pontiff. The 57,000 faithful who will enter the famous Marseille stadium from 1 p.m. will be able to wait before the arrival of Pope Francis scheduled for 4:15 p.m.
Gad Elmaleh explained the nature of his intervention at the microphone of BFMTV: “It is planned that we will make a poetic speech on the Mediterranean, on fraternity. » The comedian recalled on this occasion the importance of this bond which unites men “Whatever our religious conviction, we can only respect fraternity, love between people, communities. It’s all well and good to talk about living together, but this is a concrete moment. Whether you are Catholic, not Catholic, not practicing, practicing, at a given moment there is a communion, a union of brothers and sisters in humanity, I only want that. »
Gad Elmaleh takes on a journey of conversion to the Catholic faith
Gad Elmaleh is co-producer of the show Bernadette of Lourdes, currently on tour in Paris. In 2019, he was in Rome with the musical comedy troupe to meet the Pope. The artists had started the song Madam from the show. In recent years, the actor has increased this type of appearance and thus reveals the spiritual path that led him to the Catholic religion. Last November, he chose to make it the subject of his latest film entitled Stay a bit. A spiritual comedy in which he appears surrounded by his loved ones.
During his speech at the Vélodrome, Gad Elmaleh will have at his side Mehdi-Emmanuel Djaadi, also known for his confessional “coming-out”, and Grégoire, composer of the show Bernadette of Lourdeswho will accompany him on the piano.