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Pope Francis in Canada from July 24 to 29
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Pope Francis will make a pastoral visit to Canada from July 24 to 29, 2022. The Pope’s visit will provide an opportunity for him to listen and dialogue with Indigenous Peoples, to express his heartfelt closeness and to address the impact of residential schools in Canada. The papal visit will also provide an opportunity for the shepherd of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics to connect with the Catholic community in Canada.

Given the vast landscape of our country, the limited time period for the visit and considering the health of the 85 year-old Pontiff, the Vatican has announced that Pope Francis will adopt three communities as a base for his Canadian visit: Edmonton, Quebec City, and Iqaluit. The locations will limit travel for the Holy Father while still allowing an opportunity for both intimate and public encounters, drawing on participation from all regions of the country.

Specific programming and events will be confirmed approximately six weeks prior to the Holy Father’s arrival. Visit www.papalvisit.ca or www.visitepapale.ca for more information and to stay updated on the latest developments. Please continue to pray for the health of Pope Francis
 

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Announcement of Program for Papal Visit to Canada

Canada’s Catholic Bishops welcome today’s announcement from the Holy See providing further details of the itinerary of Pope Francis’ historic visit to Canada, July 24 – 29, 2022. This will be the fourth papal visit to Canada and the first since Saint John Paul II’s journey in 2002.

The Holy Father’s pilgrimage will focus on Indigenous healing and reconciliation while also providing the shepherd of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics an opportunity to encounter the faithful in Canada. Due to his advanced age and limitations, it is expected that participation by Pope Francis at public events will be limited to approximately one hour.

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A team under construction

It is worth repeating: coordinating a papal visit takes some phenomenal teamwork! The Archbishop of Quebec City, along with numerous co-pilots, is heading this province’s leg of the visit. With the support of a national team appointed by bishops across Canada, local committee members are determined to make this experience a great success, and one that will bear fruit.

Cardinal Gérald Cyprien Lacroix shares his hopes and expectations with us in this first video in our series, revealing the preparations taking place in Quebec City and some of the players working behind the scenes. We learn about their motivation, what their individual contributions have been and what they hope will be the result of this historic visit by the Pope.

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Registration open for volunteers

Have you considered volunteering for Pope Francis’s pastoral visit to Canada from July 24 to 29, 2022? It is an experience that will be very enriching in many ways: personally, socially and spiritually. 

Many have already offered to give of their time and contribute to the overall effort to make this encounter a lasting memory. Volunteering is an excellent way to participate, and there is a wide variety of positions to fill: from reception centres and providing orientation assistance for pilgrims, to offering translation services or aiding those with special needs, etc.

Help spread the word! Let’s come together as a host diocese and welcome our visitors this summer with open arms!

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Official resources

Here are different resources that we propose to you on the Pope's visit:

Website : Click HERE

Twitter : Click HERE

Youtube : Click HERE

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Videos

The Pope's visit will be a unique opportunity for him, once again, to listen and dialogue with Aboriginal peoples, to express his sincere closeness and to address the impact of colonization and the involvement of the Catholic Church in the operation of residential schools across Canada.

The papal visit will also be an opportunity for the pastor of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics to connect with the Catholic community in Canada.

Watch HERE
 

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