Pope Francis to visit Canada_CP
The Vatican says Pope Francis will stop in Alberta, Quebec and Nunavut during his visit to Canada this summer.
It says the capital cities of Edmonton, Quebec City and Iqaluit will act as bases for the trip from July 24 to 29.
The visit comes after the Pope's historic apology last month for the Roman Catholic Church's role in residential schools in Canada. Archbishop Richard Smith of Edmonton, general coordinator of the trip for the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, says it will be another important step for healing and reconciliation.
The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops said the three cities were selected based on the length of the trip, the vast size of Canada and the health of the 85-year-old pontiff. The three selected cities are spread out and give Indigenous people across the country more opportunities to see the Pope, Smith added. Edmonton is home to the second-largest number of Indigenous people living in urban centres.
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