[PHOTOS] Pope Francis begins his ‘pilgrimage of repentance’ in Canada

[PHOTOS] Pope Francis begins his ‘pilgrimage of repentance’ in Canada


Despite his 85 years, Pope Francis appeared in good shape and smiling on Sunday as he arrived in Canada for a six-day “pilgrimage of repentance”. After a long 10-hour journey from Rome, the pope landed in Edmonton and shook hands with dignitaries who were there to welcome him.

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He got off the plane on a lift, took his place in a white Fiat 500, moving after that with a wheelchair. First to meet him was the Governor General of Canada, Mary Simon, the first Aboriginal person to hold this position. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau followed seconds later.

The Holy Father was taken to the Edmonton International Airport to participate in a short ceremony that lasted about fifteen minutes.

First Nations song

Accompanied by their drums, four members of the First Nations sang a traditional song, after which many dignitaries marched before the Pope.

Elder and residential school savior Victoria Arcand came to greet him with a few words. Like all other leaders, the Pope gave him a small red chest containing, according to the transmitted information, a rosary. The great pope also had a few gifts to give.

Assembly of First Nations Chief RoseAnne Archibald, First Nations Northwest Territories Chief Gerald Antoine and Grand Chief George Arcand Jr. of the Treaty Alliance of 6 First Nations, were among those who exchanged brief moments with the distinguished visitor.

Several high-ranking members of the Catholic Church were also present, including the Archbishop of Quebec, Mgr Cyprien Lacroix and Cardinal-Bishop Marc Ouellet.

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He greets passers-by

Pope Francis left in his small car, as usual, towards the Saint-Joseph seminary. When he arrived, with the window rolled down, he waved to the crowd, raising emotions among some people, who had been waiting for hours to see the Holy Father in the flesh.

The event was short-lived, but full of emotion. This simple gesture gives a lot of hope to the citizens who will want to greet him during his trips to Quebec this week.

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