Where is Pope Francis going and who will he meet during his 6-day visit to Canada?

Pope Francis is scheduled to arrive in Canada on Sunday for a six-day tour, marking the first papal visit to the country in 20 years.

The Pope is scheduled to travel to Edmonton, Quebec City and Iqaluit, where he will meet with indigenous leaders and residential school survivors. He is expected to deliver an apology for the Catholic Church’s role in the residential school system.

Here is a full itinerary of the Pope’s visit:

SUNDAY, JULY 24

Pope Francis is scheduled to land at Edmonton International Airport and attend a welcoming ceremony. There will be no events for the rest of the day to allow the 85-year-old pontiff to rest.

MONDAY, JULY 25

The Pope will meet with residential school survivors from across Canada in the morning at Maskwacis, Alta., home to the former Ermineskin Residential School. This is the only visit to a residential school on the Pope’s itinerary.

CTV News Channel and CTVNews.ca will air a two-hour special on the Pope’s visit to Maskwacis from 11 am to 1 pm EDT.

Later in the afternoon, the pontiff will return to Edmonton and meet with parishioners and members of the indigenous community in Church of the Sacred Heart of the First Peoples. This church was known as a space that habitually combines Catholic and indigenous traditions, and was recently reopened after an accidental fire in 2020.

A special will be broadcast live on CTVNews.ca covering the Pope’s visit to the Church of the Sacred Heart of the First Peoples from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. EDT

TUESDAY, JULY 26

Pope Francis will hold an outdoor Mass at Edmonton’s Commonwealth Stadium with up to 65,000 in attendance to mark the Feast of Saint Anne, which celebrates the mother of the Virgin Mary, a highly revered figure among indigenous Catholics. CTVNews.ca will broadcast a live special covering the Mass from 10:30 am to 1 pm EDT.

Following Mass, you will travel to the Lac Ste. Anne Pilgrimage National Historic Site northwest of Edmonton and welcome indigenous pilgrims from across Canada and the United States.

Events at Lac Ste. Anne will also be broadcast live online on CTVNews.ca from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 27

The pope will depart for Quebec City, where he will meet Governor General Mary Simon, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, as well as indigenous leaders and other dignitaries at the Citadel of Quebec.

While meetings at the Citadelle will be private, the public is invited to attend programs of indigenous cultural expression on the Plains of Abraham. Tickets will not be required for Plains events.

After his meetings at the Citadelle, the Pope will tour the Plains of Abraham in his Popemobile and greet the public.

The events at Citadelle and Plains will be broadcast in a special live on CTVNews.ca from 4 pm to 6:30 pm EDT.

THURSDAY, JULY 28

Pope Francis will hold a morning mass at the National Shrine of Saint Anne de Beaupré. The Mass will also be broadcast on video screens on the Plains of Abraham. It will also air in a special live on CTVNews.ca from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT.

In the early afternoon, the Pope will offer a prayer with the clergy at the Cathedral-Basilica of Notre-Dame de Québec.

FRIDAY, JULY 29

The day will begin with private meetings at the residence of the Archbishop of Quebec. The Pope will meet with members of the Society of Jesus, a religious order of the Catholic Church better known as the Jesuits.

He will also meet with a delegation representing the indigenous peoples of eastern Canada before flying to Iqaluit.

The Pope will begin his tour of Iqaluit with another private meeting with residential school survivors before attending a free public community event organized by Inuit leaders outside a local primary school.

Pope Francis is scheduled to fly back to Rome later that night.


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