August 14, 2022

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Everything is ready in Quebec for the Pope’s visit Pope Francis in Canada

The organization put the finishing touches on the Plains of Abraham on Tuesday. sound checks, preparing places for the Pope to walk through the crowd with thousands of people; Nothing seems likely.

In Quebec, the festivities begin before the Pope arrives. From 1:30 pm to 7 pm, tribal and non-tribal artistes will be presenting all kinds of performances on the stage of the plains main events platform.

We have artists from all kinds of backgrounds. And in their own way, they’ll reveal what it’s like to meet [avec le pape]with their colorsUnderlines Valérie Roberge-Dion, Director of Communications at the Diocese of Quebec.

Hundreds of fences are erected at the four corners of the plain.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Colin Cote-Palette

A short distance from the podium, fences have been installed at the four corners of Old Quebec, while parking lots associated with the Pope’s visit line the streets. Many arterials will be closed to traffic from 11 am onwards.

SPVQ is ensuring all its personnel are mobilized to respond to traffic and emergency calls over the next three days.

Visit to Quebec

The pontiff’s plane is scheduled to land in the capital at around 3pm on Wednesday. A walker will help the highest representative of the church exit the plane from the back. He will then board a Fiat 500X to the Executive Lounge where he will be greeted by federal, provincial and indigenous dignitaries.

Pope Francis will then be driven in a limousine to the citadel of Quebec. He will be there with Canadian Governor General Mary Simon and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to meet citizens in the Plains of Abraham at 5:30 pm.

The Pope will travel in the Popemobile to see the thousands of people expected at the Rally for Reconciliation. His visit and speech at the Citadel will be broadcast on giant screens installed in the Plains of Abraham.

These screens will be installed on the main stage floor of the Festival d’Day de Quebec and in the area of ​​the racetrack in the Plains of Abraham.

The absent mayor

Quebec’s mayor will not attend events during Pope Francis’ visit to the capital. Bruno Marchant received a positive COVID-19 test result on Monday. Since he is alone, he will have to continue his activities remotely for the next few days.

Deputy Mayor Catherine Vallieres Rowland will take over.

Pope Francis waves to people as he exits a plane upon arrival at Rome's Fiumicino Airport on September 19, 2015.  Two flight attendants surround him and a pilot behind him.

The pope is expected to hold a Mass at the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beuvre on Thursday.

Photo: dpa / TIZIANA FABI via Getty Images

Mass at Saint-Anne-de-Beaupré

The most anticipated event during the pope’s visit to Quebec, he will preside at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre. 1600 people will attend inside. Most of the seats are reserved for representatives of tribal people.

Outside the basilica there can be as many as 10,000 people. The mass will also be broadcast in the Plains of Abraham, where organizers expect a total of 140,000 people.

Expectations are high. Many residential school victims have called for Pope Francis to apologize again. They see this as the beginning of the reconciliation process. Victims of pedophile priests are also demanding an apology from the sovereign pontiff.

Before the celebration of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre, Pope Francis will tour the site in the Popemobile to meet pilgrims and invite them to walk together towards reconciliation.

The sovereign pontiff is seen at the front of the basilica, and he will go to the side of the camp, where he will greet the congregation, and transfer to the back, to the sacristy, for mass.

The Pope greets the crowd in his official vehicle in St. Peter's Square.

Pope Francis will be in Quebec from July 27 to 29, 2022.

Photo: Associated Press/Andrew Medichini

Several facilities will be set up for the occasion so that visitors can observe the Pope from a short distance.

For example, giant screens will be installed around the grounds of the Basilica and Domaine Saint-Anne. A shuttle service to Saint-Anne-de-Beaupré will also be provided, particularly from the Videotron center in Quebec City and Mont-Sainte-Anne.

Devotees attend Pope Francis' mass at Commonwealth Stadium.

Devotees attend Pope Francis’ mass at Commonwealth Stadium.

Photo: AFP / Patrick T. Fallon

Amnesty in Alberta

Pope Francis led an audience of 40,000 at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton on Tuesday. On Monday, the day after arriving in Canada, the head of the Roman Catholic Church apologized to the Aboriginal people. For the crimes committed against them by many Christians During a speech on the site of the former Erminsk boarding school.