The Pope in Quebec in July?

Pope Francis could stop in the old capital at the end of July as part of his reconciliation with Canada’s indigenous communities.

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Sources contacted by CBC News said the Pope could also stop in Edmonton and Iqaluit during the four-day trip.


Pope Francis received delegations from Canada's indigenous peoples at the Vatican earlier this month.

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Pope Francis received delegations from Canada’s indigenous peoples at the Vatican earlier this month.

He had already announced his intention to visit the country after meeting indigenous delegates at the Vatican on Janah last April. He then apologized for the actions of members of the Catholic Church in Canada’s boarding schools.

Keep in mind that over the past year, hundreds of children’s bodies have been found nearby, particularly in Kamloops, British Columbia.

However, CBC News reports that the route and schedule of Pope Francis’ trip have yet to be officially confirmed by the Church.

In time for Sainte-Anne?

“The announcement of his visit is very great and good news on this Good Friday! If he confirms that he is coming to Quebec, we will welcome him with open arms,” ​​said Cardinal Gérald Cyprien Lacroix.

In conversation with The newspaperthe Archbishop of Quebec pointed out that speculation about the dates of his coming seem to coincide with the feast of Saint Anne on July 26th.

Every year, believers from all over Quebec gather at the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré for the occasion.

It is also a very popular holiday among members of the First Nations who have kept the faith. It would therefore not be surprising if the Pope went there to address his faithful.

“It is clear that the healing process among First Nations will play an important role […]but his presence arouses great interest among his faithful across the country,” Cardinal Lacroix said, adding that Church authorities in Canada have been preparing for several months.

A first for 37 years


The Pope's last visit to Quebec dates back to 1984.  In particular, John Paul II had met members of the First Nations in Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré.

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The Pope’s last visit to Quebec dates back to 1984. In particular, John Paul II had met members of the First Nations in Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré.

The Pope’s first – and last – visit to Quebec dates back to John Paul II, on September 9, 1984. More than 300,000 enthusiastic believers gathered for an open-air mass near Laval University (see below).

However, if the current Holy Father’s journey proves successful, he risks being much more sober than that of his predecessor. It should be noted that Pope Francis has significant health restrictions that make his travels difficult.

” [Le pape] will hopefully issue a slightly stronger apology… going a step further and recognizing the role of the Catholic Church in boarding schools. Not just individuals,” Cassidy Caron, president of the Métis National Council, told CBC News.

Last memorable visits

IN QUEBEC :

Pope John Paul II

  • September 9-12, 1984
  • Visit of Quebec, Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Trois-Rivières and Montreal
  • 300,000 people gathered for an outdoor fair at Laval University

IN CANADA :

Pope John Paul II

  • 23-28 July 2002
  • Toronto tour
  • 200,000 believers gathered for the 17thare World Youth Day

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