PAPAL VISIT UPDATE June 23, 2022

By now, you may have heard the announcement from the Vatican regarding more details on the Holy Father’s visit to Canada. Here are the links:

 

CAEDM site post: https://caedm.ca/catholic-bishops-welcome-announcement-of-program-for-papal-visit-to-canada-july-24-29-2022/

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For your information:

Audio of the news conference this morning:   https://caedm.ca/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/ZoomPapalVisit-audio-2202-06-23.m4a

 

Audio and video of the news conference:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1uG2sbBSLG1nnSm0F4iJeZsfbu-M35m7c/view?usp=sharing

 

Papalvisit.ca news release: https://www.papalvisit.ca/catholic-bishops-welcome-announcement-of-program-for-papal-visit-to-canada/

 

Vatican news release: https://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/it/bollettino/pubblico/2022/06/23/0487/01002.html#inglese

Alberta sites announced for Papal Visit to Canada –
July 24–29, 2022
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.
General Co-ordinator of the Papal Visit to Canada, Archbishop Richard Smith, remarked on the release of the program:
“We know that the Holy Father was deeply moved by his encounter with Indigenous Peoples in Rome earlier this year, and that he hopes to build on the important dialogue that took place. 
We pray this pilgrimage will serve as another meaningful step in the long journey of healing, reconciliation and hope.”
Highlights of the program announced by the Vatican include:
July 24, 2022
The Holy Father will arrive in Edmonton, Alberta on July 24th. Following a brief airport ceremony, the 85-year-old pontiff will take the remainder of the day to rest.
July 25, 2022
On July 25th, Pope Francis will visit Maskwacis, home to the former Ermineskin Residential School, one of the largest residential school sites in Canada. The Holy Father will join former residential school students from across the country as part of a formal program. Alberta is home to the largest number of former residential schools in Canada.
Later in the day, the pontiff will visit Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples, a National Indigenous church in downtown Edmonton. Following extensive restoration after a devastating fire in 2020, the parish will re-open its doors after using a nearby school the last several years to offer hospitality, spiritual care and supportive outreach programs serving a diverse urban Indigenous community. This will be an invitation-only event.
 
July 26, 2022
July 26th is the feast of St. Anne, grandmother of Jesus, a day of particular reverence for Indigenous Catholics and often the focus of pilgrimage in various parts of the country.
In an event that will be open to the public, the Holy Father will celebrate an open-air Mass at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton. The facility can accommodate up to 65,000 attendees for a program that will incorporate Indigenous traditions as part of the gathering.
In the early evening, the Holy Father will travel to Lac Ste. Anne, the site of an annual pilgrimage that welcomes tens of thousands of Indigenous participants from throughout Canada and the United States each year. Programming will be offered throughout the day leading up to the Holy Father’s participation in a prayer service.

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