VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis’ visit to Canada July 24-29 will focus on meetings with members of the nation’s Indigenous communities, but also will include the normal protocol meetings with government officials and pastoral encounters with church leaders.
Here is the itinerary released by the Vatican June 23; all times are local, with Eastern time in parentheses:
Sunday, July 24 (Rome, Edmonton)
— 9 a.m. (3 a.m.) Departure from Rome’s Fiumicino airport.
— 11:20 a.m. (1:20 p.m.) Arrival and welcome at Edmonton International Airport.
Monday, July 25 (Edmonton, Maskwacis, Edmonton)
— 10 a.m. (noon) Meeting with First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities at Maskwacis. Speech by pope.
— 4:45 p.m. (6:45 p.m.) Meeting with Indigenous peoples and members of the parish community of Sacred Heart Church in Edmonton. Speech by pope.
Tuesday, July 26 (Edmonton, Lac Ste. Anne, Edmonton)
— 10:15 a.m. (12:15 p.m.) Mass at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton. Homily by pope.
— 5 p.m. (7 p.m.) Participation in the Lac Ste. Anne pilgrimage and Liturgy of the Word at Lac Ste. Anne. Homily by pope.
Wednesday, July 27 (Edmonton, Quebec)
— 9 a.m. (11 a.m.) Departure from Edmonton International Airport.
— 3:05 p.m. Arrival at Quebec International Airport.
— 3:40 p.m. Welcome ceremony at Citadelle de Quebec, the residence of the governor general of Canada.
— 4 p.m. Courtesy visit with the governor general.
— 4:20 p.m. Meeting with the prime minister.
— 4:45 p.m. Meeting with civil authorities, representatives of Indigenous peoples and members of the diplomatic corps. Speech by pope.
Thursday, July 28 (Quebec)
— 10 a.m. Mass at the National Shrine of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré. Homily by pope.
— 5:15 p.m. Vespers with bishops, priests, deacons, consecrated persons, seminarians and pastoral workers in the Cathedral of Notre Dame. Homily by pope.
Friday, July 29 (Quebec, Iqaluit)
— 9 a.m. Private meeting with members of the Society of Jesus in the archbishop’s residence in Quebec.
— 10:45 a.m. Meeting with a delegation of Indigenous peoples from Quebec in the archbishop’s residence. Greetings by pope.
— 12:45 p.m. Departure from Quebec International Airport.
— 3:50 p.m. Arrival at Iqaluit Airport.
— 4:15 p.m. Private meeting with students of the former residential schools at the primary school.
— 5 p.m. Meeting with young people and elders outside the primary school. Speech by pope.
— 6:15 p.m. Farewell ceremony at Iqaluit Airport.
— 6:45 p.m. Departure for Rome.
Saturday, July 30 (Rome)
— 7:50 a.m. (1:50 a.m.) Arrival at Rome’s Fiumicino airport.