The latest news on the Pope’s visit to Canada
Pope Francis is on a six-day tour of Canada aimed at reconciliation with Indigenous peoples for the role of the Roman Catholic Church in residential schools. Here are the latest developments on his stops today (all times are ET): — 7:35 p.m.
Pope Francis is on a six-day tour of Canada aimed at reconciliation with Indigenous peoples for the role of the Roman Catholic Church in residential schools.
Here are the latest developments on his stops today (all times are ET):
Pope Francis concluded his public activities in Quebec for the day after touring the Plains of Abraham in a popemobile.
The atmosphere was festive as the crowd cheered and chanted “Thank you” to the Pope.
Accompanied by the Archbishop of Quebec, François smiled, waved and sometimes kissed babies who were passed over barricades and hung in the vehicle by security personnel.
Pope Francis has arrived on the Plains of Abraham and is touring the site in a popemobile.
He is greeted by cheers and crowds of people.
Pope Francis left the Citadel of Quebec after meetings with the Prime Minister and the Governor General and a speech.
François boarded the popemobile and then he must greet the crowds on the nearby Plains of Abraham.
Pope Francis again asked for forgiveness for the role of Catholic institutions in the assimilation policies carried out in the residential schools.
Speaking at the historic Citadelle of Quebec, Francis expressed his shame and sadness for the role that institutions have played in a “deplorable” system that has tried to strip Indigenous peoples of their language, culture and their world Vision.
Governor General Mary Simon told Pope Francis that his visit to Canada is a signal to the world that the Roman Catholic Church joins Canadians on their journey of reconciliation.
She says Canadians look forward to hearing more about the Church’s future actions “to continue this essential work.”
Reconciliation, she says, is a grace that must be earned through hard work and understanding.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told Pope Francis his apology on Monday for residential school abuse had “a huge impact.”
Speaking at the Citadelle in Quebec, Trudeau said residential schools have caused ongoing cultural destruction, loss of life and trauma for Indigenous peoples across the country.
He said the pope’s acknowledgment of abuses and asking for forgiveness is a starting point for reconciliation.
Pope Francis and Governor General Mary Simon had a brief conversation about multilingualism and the languages they each speak during their meeting at the Citadelle of Quebec.
Sitting side by side in front of the cameras, Simon told the Pope in English that she was learning French but spoke her own native language.
Pope Francis arrived at the Citadelle of Quebec, where he was greeted by Governor General Mary Simon and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Francis is to hold separate meetings there with Simon and Trudeau.
He is then ready to make a public speech with Simon.
The event was postponed approximately an hour due to delays involving a flight carrying Indigenous staff and organizers.
Pope Francis stopped in a monastery where he will stay in Quebec.
The stopover was added because a plane carrying Indigenous dignitaries invited to his event at the Citadelle of Quebec was delayed.
François heads for the Citadel shortly and, later, for the Plains of Abraham.
A group of Indigenous walkers who walked 275 kilometers from northern Quebec City arrived on the Plains of Abraham today and were greeted with cheers.
The walk was organized by Puamun Meshkenu, who is Innu for the Path of a Thousand Dreams, and began last week at the former Pointe-Bleue boarding school in the Innu community of Mashteuiatsh, just north of Roberval, Quebec. , in the Saguenay region. .
This institution was the last of the denominational schools funded by the federal government to close in Quebec, in 1991.
Organizers called the walk an event to unite Indigenous nations and residential school survivors.
Pope Francis met a group of officials and guests who had come to greet him at the Quebec airport, shaking hands and exchanging words with several people.
The Pope, in a wheelchair, gave everyone a little red box. At previous events, these boxes contained a commemorative coin, although some clergy received rosaries.
The pontiff then got into a white Fiat.
A crowd gathered along the road from the airport, many taking pictures and video.
The plane carrying Pope Francis arrived in Quebec after leaving Edmonton this morning.
Officials and dignitaries, including Quebec Premier Francois Legault, came to the airport to greet the pope.
Francis is to go to the Citadel of Quebec later this afternoon, then visit the Plains of Abraham.
The afternoon events were slightly delayed due to flight issues.
A crowd gathers on the Plains of Abraham, in Quebec, where Pope Francis is expected for a tour this afternoon.
Fabien Jaubert, from the Innu community of Uashat-Maliotenam, says he wants to hear the pontiff apologize on behalf of the Church “instead of certain actors only”.
Jaubert says he came to honor the memory of residential school survivors.
Today’s papal events in Quebec have been pushed back slightly due to a flight delay.
An event at the Citadel of Quebec with Pope Francis is pushed back an hour due to a delay involving a flight carrying Indigenous leaders.
Organizers say it will now start at 4.40pm.
The Pope’s tour of the Plains of Abraham is now scheduled to begin around 6:15 p.m.
A plane carrying Pope Francis has departed Edmonton and is heading to Quebec for the next part of his reconciliation visit.
The pope is to have separate meetings with Governor General Mary Simon and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the Citadelle in Quebec, then deliver a public address with Simon.
Thereafter, he should go to the Plains of Abraham in the Quebec capital.
This report from The Canadian Press was first published on July 27, 2022.
The Canadian Press