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Pope Francis’ visit to Canada will include a stop at boarding school

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The Vatican has released the program for Pope Francis’ trip to Canada next month, which includes visiting the site of a former Alberta boarding school with survivors of the institutions.

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The papal visit begins in Edmonton on July 24, ends in Iqaluit on July 29, and will include public and private events emphasizing Indigenous participation.

The Pope is due to start the week by visiting the Ermineskin Indian Residential School in Alberta with survivors before heading to an Aboriginal church in downtown Edmonton

The following day, a high mass is planned at Commonwealth Stadium, home of the Edmonton Elks CFL football club.

The pope is then to visit Lac Ste. Anne, site of a great annual pilgrimage.

The pope will then travel to Quebec for other events and meetings, and will travel to Iqaluit before returning to Rome.

Francis should apologize for the role of the Roman Catholic Church in residential schools.