Pope Francis will meet Indigenous leaders and residential faculty survivors on go to from July 24-29, Vatican says.
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Montreal, Canada – Pope Francis will start his go to to Canada subsequent month by assembly with Indigenous residential faculty survivors within the western province of Alberta, the Canadian Convention of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has stated.
The Vatican on Thursday launched the schedule for the journey, with the pope scheduled to reach in Edmonton, Alberta on July 24.
The subsequent day, he’ll go to the group of Maskwacis, which was dwelling to one of many largest residential colleges in Canada, Ermineskin Residential College.
“The Holy Father will be a part of former residential faculty college students from throughout the nation as a part of a proper program. Alberta is dwelling to the most important variety of former residential colleges in Canada,” the CCCB stated.
Pope Francis’ go to comes after he apologised on April 1 for the abuses that members of the Roman Catholic Church dedicated in opposition to Indigenous kids pressured to attend Canada’s residential colleges.
The apology, delivered after days of talks with Indigenous delegates in Rome, was long-sought by residential colleges survivors, whose requires justice and accountability have grown louder over the previous yr as unmarked graves had been found at a number of former faculty websites.
Many survivors and Indigenous group leaders referred to as on the pope to return to Canada to ship an apology on Indigenous lands.
Canada pressured greater than 150,000 First Nations, Inuit, and Metis kids to attend residential colleges throughout the nation between the late 1800s and Nineteen Nineties.
Hundreds are believed to have died whereas attending the establishments, which had been established and funded by the state however run by numerous spiritual denominations, most notably the Catholic Church.
“We all know that the Holy Father was deeply moved by his encounter with Indigenous Peoples in Rome earlier this yr, and that he hopes to construct on the necessary dialogue that passed off,” Archbishop Richard Smith, common coordinator of the papal go to to Canada, stated in Thursday’s CCCB assertion.
“We pray this pilgrimage will function one other significant step within the lengthy journey of therapeutic, reconciliation and hope.”
In Edmonton, the pope additionally will participate in an open-air mass at Commonwealth Stadium to mark the feast of St Anne on July 26. He’ll then journey to Lac Ste Anne for an annual pilgrimage, the CCCB stated.
The subsequent day, Pope Francis will journey to Quebec Metropolis, the place he’s anticipated to satisfy with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Governor Normal Mary Simon and Indigenous leaders, the Vatican stated.
He’ll maintain mass on July 28 at Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre, one of many oldest pilgrimage websites in North America. The CCCB stated as many as 15,000 persons are anticipated to attend.
On July 29, the pope will journey to his last cease on the journey in Iqualuit, within the northern territory of Nunavut, the place he’ll maintain a non-public assembly with residential faculty survivors earlier than becoming a member of a public occasion.