Fri 13 May 2022:
Pope Francis, who is battling a knee problem that has recently forced him to cancel some events and use a wheelchair, will visit Canada in late July, the Vatican revealed on Friday.
Pope Francis will visit Canada from July 24 to 30, stopping in Edmonton, Quebec, and Iqaluit, according to the Vatican press office.
The visit follows conversations Francis made with Canadian indigenous people in late March at the Vatican, during which he offered a historic apology for the widespread mistreatment of Canadian indigenous children in Catholic-run boarding institutions.
Until the 1970s, the children were taken from their families to convert them to Christianity and integrate them into mainstream Canadian society. In the process, they were exposed to widespread sexual and physical abuse.
Francis, who is 85, has torn ligaments in his right knee, making walking extremely uncomfortable. During an audience with nuns and religious superiors last week, Pope was seen for the first time in public using a wheelchair.
A Lebanese minister stated last week that the pontiff had postponed a visit to his country, which was never officially announced but was planned in mid-June. On July 2-5, Francis will visit the Democratic Republic of Congo, then on July 5-7, he will visit South Sudan.
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