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Pope Francis: Canada visit will be a ‘penitential pilgrimage’

Hannah Brockhaus   By Hannah Brockhaus for CNA

Pope Francis meets members of the First Nations at the Vatican on March 31, 2022. / Vatican Media

Vatican City, Jul 17, 2022 / 06:00 am (CNA).

The papal trip to Canada next week will be a “penitential pilgrimage” to bring healing and reconciliation, Pope Francis said Sunday.

The pope is scheduled to travel to the Canadian cities of Edmonton, Quebec City, and Iqaluit from July 24-29. There he will meet members of Canadian indigenous groups, residential school abuse survivors, and Catholics.

“Next Sunday, God willing, I will leave for Canada; therefore, I wish now to address all the people of that country,” Francis said after the Angelus on July 17.

“As you know,” he said, “I will come among you especially in the name of Jesus to meet and embrace the indigenous peoples.”

He thanked all those who are preparing the trip and asked for prayers.

“I am about to make a penitential pilgrimage,” he said, “which I hope, with God’s grace, will contribute to the journey of healing and reconciliation already undertaken.”

The pope recalled his private meetings with representatives of the Métis, Inuit, and First Nations peoples at the Vatican at the end of March and beginning of April, and the sorrow and solidarity he expressed for the harm they have suffered.

“Unfortunately, in Canada, many Christians, including some members of religious institutes, have contributed to the policies of cultural assimilation that, in the past, have severely harmed native communities in various ways,” he said.

Pope Francis is expected to issue an apology in Canada on behalf of the Catholic Church for the abuses committed against indigenous students in Catholic-run residential schools.

The Canadian bishops said last year that they would welcome Francis’ visit as a “pilgrimage of healing and reconciliation.”

The 85-year-old pope was also scheduled to visit the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan July 2-7, but postponed the trip “at the request of his doctors.”

He has been suffering from a knee injury for several months.

The decision to postpone the Africa trip came after doctors said he needed 20 more days of therapy and rest for his knee before he travels to Canada.

In an interview with Reuters at the beginning of July, Francis said the fracture was “slowly getting better” with the help of laser and magnet therapy.

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    • True. We now know that the accusations against those schools were false. It is the government, not the nuns who should be held accountable for any suffering.

    • The Pope scandalizes the Catholic faith and the faithful. He has repeatedly demonstrated an inability or desire not to discern and not to speak Truth.

      The Church of Jesus Christ owes no apology to anyone. Sinners within the church should beg forgiveness of God and from man. What right does Francis grant himself to speak on behalf of sinners in the Church? Francis owes apologies to all the Catholic faithful for presuming his ego to speak on behalf of the faithful.

  1. A penance rather for those who will have to observe this exercise in self-promotion while providing credence to a lie. When will the Church once again find itself in the hands of mature faithful leadership which does not fall prostrate before the world and its mendacity?

    • I am going to have a t-shirt made, SAINT JEAN DE BREBEUF, PRAY FOR US.
      Is Pope Francis even really aware of the whole story here?

  2. Thank you – for the fresh and good news about the healing of the fracture , with laser and magnet therapy – 🙂 omitting the more radical means of surgery ..willing to respect the treating doctors , within the confines of also using his wisdom in choosing to avoid what he knew could be harmful ..
    The trip would coincide with the newly given blessing of celebrating Grandparents ,
    cherishing family roots and relationships in the role and place of grandparents , whose blessed memory can be an effective means to counter the fractures that have not spared Canada …
    Providential that as a G.son from Italy , with its role in bringing the faith to the New lands that had old cultures , he comes both as a g. son to mend the broken ties of all neglects and wounds of whatever source , not just of The Church ..
    as well as a Grand Father to bring blessings – to all peoples and to all those who are related to the old native cultures – a people whose roots extend far and wide to places and lands that he would love to go in person bearing blessings , yet where he would not be welcome , due to the old unhealed fratures …

    The varied manifestations of the fratures afflicting our times – a popular magnetic author promoting such … the middle name – ‘Bernt ‘ .. born on 6/12 …
    May the visit of the Holy Father help to bring The Light sharper than lasers to heal addictions to falsehoods … – for The Milk of Divine Will of The Mother, The
    The Precius Blood serve as the antidote for all the envies and hatreds as brokeneness and generational wounds . .

    The request of the Holy Father for prayers in connection with the trip – may same be taken well into many hearts .

  3. ‘ Aerial photography and historical documents show that the site where the graves were alleged to have been discovered has been subject to decades of archeological digs and other excavation activity which did not turn up any human remains.

    The most significant of these digs took place in 1958 when a plot of over 100,000 square feet or 30% of an apple orchard just outside of the residential school was excavated for a sewage retention pond. ‘

  4. I am tired of people “apologizing” for things that happened 100 years ago. The Pope is all but wearing a sign that says “kick me”. I believe it is a bad thing for society overall to encourage a victimization mentality.

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