Pope Francis: Plans for papal go to to Canada proceed

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Plans proceed for the Pope’s go to to Canada this summer time even because the pontiff has cancelled a visit to Africa on medical doctors’ orders

He’s anticipated to ship an apology to Indigenous folks for the Roman Catholic Church’s position in residential faculties in the course of the a lot anticipated go to. He made an preliminary apology after First Nations, Metis and Inuit delegations met with him on the Vatican earlier this 12 months.

The Canadian Convention of Catholic Bishops is in common contact with Vatican officers concerning the journey set for subsequent month, mentioned Neil MacCarthy, a spokesman for the papal go to and the archdiocese of Toronto.

“We proceed to wish for the well being of Pope Francis and that he’ll have the ability to be a part of us in Canada subsequent month,” MacCarthy mentioned in an e mail.

The 85-year-old pontiff has been utilizing a wheelchair for greater than a month and has struggled to stroll and stand.

The journey to Congo and South Sudan was to happen July 2 to July 7. It will likely be rescheduled for a later date “so as to not jeopardize the outcomes of the remedy that he’s present process for his knee,” the Vatican mentioned Friday.

The Canadian papal go to is scheduled for July 24 to July 29. Edmonton, Quebec Metropolis and Iqaluit are to behave as bases for the journey.

MacCarthy mentioned nice care is being taken to make sure the Pope has intervals of relaxation in order that he can take part in all of the deliberate Canadian occasions.

The Canadian Convention of Catholic Bishops has mentioned the Pope is restricted in how he can journey. He can now not trip in helicopters and he cannot be in a car for greater than an hour.

An estimated 150,000 Indigenous youngsters had been compelled to attend residential faculties in Canada and greater than 60 per cent of the faculties had been run by the Catholic Church.

This report by The Canadian Press was first revealed June 10, 2022.

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