Vatican confirms Pope Francis will visit 3 cities in Canada in July
Pope Francis meets members of the First Nations at the Vatican on March 31, 2022. / Vatican Media
Vatican City, May 13, 2022 / 04:15 am (CNA).
The Vatican confirmed on Friday that Pope Francis will visit three cities in Canada during the last week of July.
The pope will travel to Edmonton, Quebec City, and Iqaluit on July 24-30, the Holy See press office said on May 13.
The pope had announced last month that he planned to meet indigenous peoples in Canada this summer for the feast of St. Anne on July 26.
"You have brought the living sense of your communities here in Rome. I will be happy to benefit again from meeting you by visiting your native lands, where your families live," he said during a meeting with Canadian Indigenous leaders at the Vatican on April 1.
The Canadian bishops said last year that they would welcome Pope Francis' visit as a "pilgrimage of healing and reconciliation."
The pope's full schedule in Canada will be published in the coming weeks, the Vatican said.
In Canada, Francis is expected to issue an apology on behalf of the Catholic Church for the abuses committed against Indigenous students in Catholic-run residential schools.
Bishop Jacques Fabre-Jeune of Charleston. / Doug Deas/The Catholic MiscellanyDenver Newsroom, May 22, 2022 / 14:00 pm (CNA).The newly consecrated Bishop of Charleston showed a great commitment and love for the Hispanic community in the Archdiocese of Atlanta where he previously served, according to a Hispanic leader in Atlanta. Bishop Jacques Fabre-Jeune, a Haitian emigrant, became the Charleston diocese' first Black bishop when he was installed on May 13. Fabre-Jeune had previously served as the administrator of the San Felipe de Jesús Mission in Forest Park, Georgia, south of Atlanta, a congregation which he himself described at "99% Mexican."Jairo Martinez, who is retired today after 16 years serving as Director of the Atlanta Archdiocese' Hispanic Ministry Office, told CNA that despite not being a member of the Hispanic community, Fabre-Jeune endeared himself to the community with his "sense of commitment" as well as his "love for the people."Fabre-Jeune's commitm...
Yellow brick road. / ShutterstockDenver Newsroom, May 22, 2022 / 12:12 pm (CNA).A dress worn by Judy Garland in her classic role as Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz" is now the main character in a surprise drama. Supporting characters are the Catholic University of America and some relatives of a priest and former professor who, they say, would have wanted his relatives to own the rare collectible, not the university.The university had planned to auction the dress to fund its drama school. These plans were delayed by a legal challenge from Wisconsin resident Barbara Ann Hartke, 81, a niece of Father Gilbert Hartke, O.P., the founder and head of the university's drama school. She says that the dress should be hers because she is the priest's closest living relative.Barbra Ann Hartke's attorney, Anthony Scordo, told WTOP that there has been "absolutely no legal documentation of such a gift to the university" in any of its court filings. Her lawsuit also objects that the university di...
Pope Francis greets a crowd of an estimated 25,000 people gathered in St. Peter's Square in Rome for his Regina Caeli address on May 22, 2022. / Vatican MediaVatican City, May 22, 2022 / 07:33 am (CNA).In his Sunday Regina Caeli address, Pope Francis reflected on Jesus' words to the disciples at the Last Supper in the Gospel reading from John: "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you."Speaking to an estimated 25,000 pilgrims gathered on a bright day in St. Peter's Square in Rome, the pope noted that Jesus also makes a point to add, "Not as the world gives do I give it to you" (John 14:27)."What is this peace that the world does not know and the Lord gives us?" Pope Francis asked."This peace is the Holy Spirit, the same Spirit of Jesus. It is the presence of God in us, it is God's 'power of peace,'" he explained. "It is He, the Holy Spirit, who disarms the heart and fills it with serenity. It is He, the Holy Spirit, who loosens rigidity and extinguishes the temptatio...