Pope Francis' Visit to Canada

We are delighted to share the joy of the upcoming pastoral visit by Pope Francis to Canada on July 24-29, 2022. This visit will be one of healing, hope and reconciliation that we hope will be a watershed moment for the Indigenous Peoples of this land and the Church’s relationship with them. 

 

The Vatican has confirmed that the Holy Father will utilize three hubs for the visit to Canada: Edmonton, Quebec City and Iqaluit.

For the itinerary of the visit, as well as other relevant information, please click here.It will be a much more modest visit than a usual papal pilgrimage, due to the Holy Father’s age, health, and mobility issues.

If you need specific information about the papal visit,  please email info@papalvisit.ca.

If you would like specific information on the role of the diocese, please email  communications@caedm.ca.

 

We thank you in advance for supporting

this historic visit of Pope Francis to Canada

 

Matthew Bodnarek has produced this video speaking with

Fr. Susai, Fr. Mark and the parish community

about their hopes for the Holy Father’s visit to

Sacred Heart Church of the First People.


Attending the Papal Mass at Commonwealth Stadium

On Wednesday, July 6, 2022, public ticketing for Pope Francis’ open air Mass at Commonwealth Stadium will officially open at 10:30 a.m. Mountain Time. The public can access tickets (free) through the papal visit website: www.papalvisit.ca (English) or www.visitepapale.ca (French),  which will contain a direct link to the Ticketmaster.ca portal.

The Mass will be celebrated on July 26, the Feast Day of St.Anne.  More details are available here.


Opportunities for volunteering

Volunteering for Pope Francis’ pastoral visit to Canada can be of enormous personal, social and spiritual benefit.

If you are 18 or older and willing to share your time and talents, you can volunteer here for innumerable tasks during the papal visit, from greeting and directing pilgrims, to providing translation services, aiding guests with special needs and performing a variety of other roles.

If you are under 18, you are also welcome to apply here to volunteer, if accompanied by a parent or guardian.

 


 Opportunities for donating

Still, there are costs associated with the visit, including lodging and event security, event production costs and site logistics. National organizers estimate the total cost of the visit at $15 million, and are working to secure support from all levels of government as well as the private sector.

There will be two pew collections within the Archdiocese of Edmonton to help with these costs. The first will be on June 18-19, prior to National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21. The second collection will be on July 23-24. Pope Francis arrives in Canada on July 24.

Donations may be made:

  • Online through Canada Helps at this website.
  • By cheque to the Archdiocese of Edmonton, duly marked “Papal Visit.”

 


Restricted access to Diocesan facilities

Please notice that because of security considerations related to the visit, access to several diocesan sites - including the PAO, Newman's College, St.Joseph's Seminary, Villa Vianney and possibly others - will be restricted.  For detailed information, please contact the Archdiocesan offices by phone (1-844-469-1010) or by using the online Contact Us page.