“With great sadness, we learn that Christine, 62, facilitator supervising the JMJ group of Saint-Georges de Toulon, died on August 2 from her injuries. In a press release published on Wednesday August 2, Mgr Dominique Rey, bishop of Fréjus-Toulon (Var) announced the death of the parishioner of Sanary, who had been seriously injured on Monday July 31 during a fall on the stairs of the house. where she was staying in Lisbon.
“Hospitalized in intensive care, Christine received the last rites. I came to pray at her bedside and several members of her family were able to join her before she left us, continues Bishop Rey in his message. We are devastated by his passing. Her fervor and her many commitments in her parish of Sanary, in the Laudato Si group and with the young people of Saint-Georges whom she accompanied, have deeply marked us all. »
“We continue these meetings thinking of her, carrying her in our prayers, in communion with her, with all our hearts. May the Lord help us and support all those who are in trouble,” the bishop said, while a psychological cell was made available to young people who would feel the need, on the spot, in Lisbon.
Thursday morning at 7 a.m., before joining the Catholic University of Lisbon, where he was to deliver a first speech, Pope Francis celebrated mass in private for the host of the diocese of Toulon. Four of his relatives had joined the nunciature for this celebration, which was also attended by members of the papal suite.
This is the second tragedy that affects, a few days apart, the French delegation on the sidelines of this new great gathering of world Catholic youth. Sunday July 30, Mahaut du Boisguéheneuc, 23, from Poitiers (Vienne), had thus died in a car accident while she was traveling to Angers with two friends (injured in the accident), from where they were to join a group leaving for WYD.
The funeral of the young girl will be celebrated on Friday August 4 at the Saint-Pierre cathedral in Poitiers, announced her parents, brothers and sisters, family and friends in a notice published in La Croix. Mahaut “has joined the Lord in His light” and leaves his loved ones “in the pain of his loss and in the joy of his birth in heaven”, they wrote there, asking those present at the funeral mass not to wearing “dark clothes”. In Lisbon, a mass will also be celebrated in his memory on the same day, with pilgrims from the dioceses of Poitiers and Angers.