Canada Pope Francis to host mass at Quebec pilgrimage site following second apology
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When the white smoke emerged from the Vatican’s chapel in 2013, signalling a new pope had been elected, it became clear almost immediately that Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio — now Pope Francis — would be different from his predecessors. At first, the stark difference was in the details. Before Francis, Benedict XVI wore flashy custom-made red loafers. In contrast, Pope Francis opted for simple black shoes that indicated not only a simpler style but substance guided by humility. It’s the sort of humility we’ve come to expect from Pope Francis, the kind he’s displayed over the past nine years. We’ll certainly get to see it up close when he visits Canada next week.
QUEBEC — Pope Francis is set to begin his second day of events in Quebec’s capital city as part of his tour that he has called a pilgrimage of penance.
The pontiff is scheduled to host his second mass on Canadian soil later this morning.
The event will take place at the shrine of Ste-Anne-de-Beaupré, east of Quebec City.
The site is one of the oldest and most popular places of pilgrimage in North America and annually attracts more than one million visitors.
Organizers expect more than 16,000 people will attend though attendance during events in Alberta has been overestimated.
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Pope Francis will arrive in Edmonton on Sunday as a pastor, a pilgrim, a penitent and, inescapably, as a player in political controversy. The visit will unfold successfully in those first three capacities. On the last, it remains to be seen if the Pope’s presence in Canada changes the prevailing priorities of Canada’s Indigenous politicians. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) called in 2015 for Pope Francis to come to Canada to repeat and extend the residential schools apology made by Pope Benedict XVI in 2009 at the Vatican.
Later in the day, he is to attend vespers with church officials in the Cathedral-Basilica of Notre-Dame de Québec.
Francis arrived in the city for two days of events on Wednesday morning.
Speaking at Quebec City's historic Citadelle, the Pope asked forgiveness for the harm done by the policies of assimilation carried out in residential schools.
Francis made his way to the historic site for private meetings with Gov. Gen. Mary Simon and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
He later addressed a small room of Indigenous dignitaries and residential school survivors.
The pontiff expressed deep shame and sorrow for the part different local Roman Catholic institutions played in the deplorable system.
It is the second papal apology on Canadian soil for Francis who is midway through his tour.
On Monday, he begged forgiveness for the “evil committed by so many Christians against the Indigenous Peoples," during a speech in Maskwacis, Alta.
He is to make a brief stop in Iqaluit on Friday before heading home to Vatican City.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 28, 2022.
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