Catholic Register Staff

Catholic Register Staff

July 24 - 29, 2022

Pope Francis Visits Canada

Pope Francis made his 'penitential pilgrimage' to Canada July 24-29. The Catholic Register's Michael Swan was on the scene as the Pope traveled across the country. Below is our live coverage from these historic events.

Michael Swan

Furniture maker set the table for papal visit

Though Ontario was not one of the stops on the Pope’s recent visit to Canada, a furniture company from just outside Toronto gave the province a seat at the historic…

Ideology threatens Church unity, Pope Francis tells Canadian Jesuits

The unity of the Catholic Church's bishops is fundamental in correcting past wrongs and in confronting challenges today, Pope Francis said.

Francis Speaks

We are instruments of the Spirit’s fruitfulness

The full text of the homily given by Pope Francis at solemn vespers celebrated in the Cathedral of Notre Dame in…

A journey from failure to hope

The full text of the homily delivered by Pope Francis at Mass at the National Shrine of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré in Quebec July…

Maple Leaf a sign of open and inclusive communities

The full text of the speach given by Pope Francis at Citadelle de Quebec July 27, 2022.

We all need the healing of Jesus

The full text of Pope Francis' homily given at the Lac Ste. Anne pilgrimage July 26, 2022.

Children of a history to be preserved, authors of history to be written

The full text of the homily Pope Francis delivered at the Mass celebrated at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta, July…

Reconciliation: One reality, one soul, one people

The full text of Pope Francis' speech delivered to Indigenous peoples and members of the parish community of Sacred Heart…

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Pope Francis calls on Indigenous youth to shine brightly

As Pope Francis concluded his intensive five-day pilgrimage of reconciliation on Canadian soil, he spoke directly to Inuit youth in Iqaluit and offered them three pieces of advice: keep walking upwards, come to the light each day and be part of a team.

Pope Francis says he’s been enriched’ by Canada’s Indigenous

On the final day of Pope Francis’ pilgrimage of penance, one of healing and reconciliation, he says it is he who has been “enriched” by the experience.

Pope Francis poses three challenges to Canada at Quebec vespers service

If Canadian Catholics were looking for a roadmap to reconciliation, Pope Francis laid it out for them at a vespers prayer service in Quebec City’s exquisite Notre Dame Basilica Cathedral on a rainy Thursday evening.

Faith, action, courage will move reconciliation forward, Pope Francis says

In the face of sin and failure, the temptation to wallow in despair and do nothing comes from the devil, Pope Francis said.

Church must face the truth, says Pope Francis

For Vaughan Nicholas there were tears well before Pope Francis began to speak. Waiting for Mass at the National Shrine of Ste. Anne de Beaupre east of Quebec City to begin, he said, “I’m hoping I will actually feel something.”

Canada a model of peace, Pope Francis tells Quebec audience

Pope Francis has arrived in Quebec with the same message he has tried to share with Indigenous Canadians in the West — that Christ wants to be incarnate in every culture, in Indigenous cultures, Quebecois culture, Canadian culture.

Pope Francis comes as a pilgrim to Lac Ste. Anne

Like generations of pilgrims before him, Pope Francis came to the water’s edge at Lac Ste. Anne seeking healing — not his healing, ours.

Each of us has a unique history to preserve, Pope Francis says at stadium Mass

At a Mass celebrating the feast of Jesus’ grandparents, Pope Francis urged those filling Edmonton’s Commonwealth to ground their understanding of history in the reality of those to whom they owed life itself.

Reconciliation at the core of the Christian faith, Pope Francis says

At Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples in downtown Edmonton, Pope Francis made an impassioned plea for the Catholic Church to realize its destiny as the Church of reconciliation.

Papal apology comes on a day full of emotions

The words “I am sorry” are powerful. For Tammy Ward of the Samson First Nation, those words from Pope Francis brought tears as she listened on the Maskawacis powwow grounds. 

Pope Francis' penitential visit to Canada begins in Edmonton

Pope Francis has landed in Canada and begun the work of his penitential pilgrimage from the moment he was wheeled off the papal plane and into a hangar at Edmonton International Airport.

Knife job

The editorial, “Pick a faith lane” slyly slipped a stiletto into the theological integrity of Pope Francis.

Ahead of Pope Francis’ journey to Canada, the Oblate Fathers have retired their longstanding practice of keeping personnel files secret until 50 years after the death of an Oblate Father or Brother.

The Catholic Register has once again been recognized for its fine journalism, taking home 19 honours at the annual Catholic Press Association awards, including a second place for best national newspaper.

Government watch

In his June 26 article “Canada flagged for religious freedom watch list,” Quinton Amundson explains why some Ohio lawmakers want to add Canada to a list of countries in which religious freedom is at risk. The concern arose from repeated pandemic-related closure of places of worship in 2020 and 2021.

Whole story

Thank you to Fr. John Gallagher for being a voice of reason. Everything he wrote in “Reputations ruined over residential school graves” on June 13 is what I have said since these stories broket.

Farrow informative

In her June 12 column “MAiD to Measure,” Anna Farrow presents an informative history of euthanasia legislation in Canada, showing the advance in sheer ghoulishness over the past seven years.

See and do

It seems Lise Anglin’s letter to the editor regarding my article of May 15 did not take into consideration the advisory committee report on racism and discrimination in the Canadian armed forces, let alone the audience to whom it was directed. 

A delay in Pope Francis’ travel plans for South Sudan and Congo because of continuing problems with the Pope’s knee is not slowing down the planning process for his apostolic journey to Canada July 24 to 29.

Long delayed by COVID, Halifax-Yarmouth Archbishop Brian Dunn received his pallium from the papal nuncio to Canada, Archbishop Ivan Jurkovič, on May 31.