Visit of Pope Francis to Canada: The Pope will leave Edmonton and travel to Quebec

Pope Francis enjoys a quiet moment on the shores of Lac Sainte-Anne, Alberta, on July 26.Gavin John/The Globe and Mail

Pope Francis is due to leave Edmonton for Quebec today, beginning the next leg of what he described as his “penitential” trip to Canada.

The pontiff is due to visit officials on the Plains of Abraham in the Quebec capital shortly after his plane lands.

Francis is scheduled to hold a mass on Thursday at the national shrine in Ste. Anne de Beaupré east of town, then attend Vespers with church officials at the Notre-Dame de Québec Cathedral Basilica.

Friday, he must make a brief stopover in Iqaluit before returning to the Vatican.

The Alberta leg of the Pope’s trip included a visit to the Indigenous community of Maskwacis, south of Edmonton.

To residential school survivors and Indigenous leaders, he apologized for abuses in the institutions, most of which were run by the Roman Catholic Church.

Francis also led an outdoor public mass at the Edmonton Football Stadium, which some have criticized as being too traditional.

He also joined a pilgrimage to Lac Ste. Anne, northwest of Edmonton – a place of spiritual significance to many native Catholics said to have healing properties. Francis blessed the lake and then sprinkled some of its water on people in the crowd.

Pope Francis spoke about honoring grandparents, the importance of family history and a future where violence and marginalization of Indigenous peoples will never be repeated during an outdoor mass in Edmonton tuesday.

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