On May 13, the Vatican officially announced that Pope Francis will travel to Canada from 24 to 29 July 2022 to meet with Indigenous Peoples of this land on a pilgrimage of healing, reconciliation, and hope.
With this announcement, the Vatican confirmed the Holy Father will make three stops during his visit to Canada: Edmonton, Québec, and Iqaluit. These locations were chosen to limit travel for the Pope given his health, while still allowing for both intimate and public gatherings with Indigenous Peoples from everywhere in the country.
Archbishop Marcel Damphousse of the Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall warmly welcomes the announcement of the Holy Father’s visit.
“I believe the Holy Father’s visit will do a lot of good for Indigenous Peoples as well as all the faithful Catholics in Canada. Since his mission consists in pursuing a journey of healing and reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples of this country, Pope Francis will be able to provide a momentum of hope,” said the Archbishop.
The complete itinerary for the visit will be shared a bit later to prepare the program in close cooperation with Indigenous partners at the local and national levels. During his journey, the Pope is expected to visit a site of a former residential school as well as other locations having particular significance.
People willing to have further information about the papal visit in Canada can find the latest updates at the following address: www.papalvisit.ca Also visit https://en.archoc.ca/papal-visit for regular updates about the related activities within the Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall.