Pope will not be stopping in Sask. for visit in July

Pope will not be stopping in Sask. for visit in July
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Pope will not be stopping in Sask. for visit in July

Pope will not be stopping in Sask. for visit in July

The Vatican confirmed in a launch that Pope Francis will be making three stops throughout his journey to Canada from July 24 to 29 — however Saskatchewan isn’t one in every of them.


In line with a Canadian Convention of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) press launch, the historic visit will be centered on Indigenous therapeutic and reconciliation as Pope Francis will be stopping in Edmonton, Iqaluit and Quebec Metropolis.

The reasoning for the Vatican’s choice of the three stops is to contemplate the Pope’s well being and restrict journey for him.

Indigenous companions at a neighborhood and nationwide stage will develop a program for the papal visit. A full program and itinerary will be launched six to eight weeks previous to the visit. The Pope is anticipated to visit the positioning of a former residential college and different areas of explicit significance.

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“We’re immensely grateful that the Holy Father has accepted our invitation to proceed the journey of therapeutic and reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples of this land,” CCCB president Bishop Raymond Poisson stated in a press release.

“In late July, Pope Francis will have the chance to visit Indigenous Peoples right here in their homeland, as he promised when he met them not too long ago in Rome. We pray for the well being of the Holy Father as we undertake the intensive planning for this historic visit.”

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The visit comes after the Pope’s historic apology final month for the Roman Catholic Church’s position in residential faculties in Canada.

Saskatchewan Indigenous leaders had pleaded for the CCCB to work with the Vatican to contemplate a visit to the province.

On Could 9, the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) held a media convention in Muskowekwan First Nation the place it referred to as on the CCCB to rearrange for the July papal visit to incorporate the Muscowequan Indian Residential Faculty.

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“The visit to the Vatican to fulfill with the Holy Father was very significant to the delegates who shared the hearts and the truths of the Indigenous individuals who had been both harmed, maimed and even killed by the practices of the Catholic church,” Marie-Anne Day Walker-Pelletier said in an FSIN media launch dated Could 9.

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“Now, we’re receiving phrase that the Holy Father is not attending Saskatchewan and as a substitute is scheduling on visiting locations of pilgrimages that present Indigenous Catholics attend. I need to query whether or not this papal visit is as a substitute a reward for these Indigenous individuals who nonetheless apply the religion slightly than an indication of reconciliation or reparations the Catholic church should deliver to the Indigenous peoples.”

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On April 1, Pope Francis apologized for the Catholic Church’s position in Canada’s residential college system. He expressed “sorrow and disgrace” for the abuse and lack of respect for Indigenous identities, tradition and non secular values in the residential college system.

Pope Francis will be the fourth pope to journey to Canada and the primary since Saint John Paul II’s visit in 2002.

The Indian Residential Colleges Disaster Line (1-866-925-4419) is accessible 24 hours a day for anybody experiencing ache or misery on account of their residential college expertise.

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Indigenous leaders need Pope to visit Muskowekwan First Nation

Indigenous leaders need Pope to visit Muskowekwan First Nation

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