The Papal Visit to Canada secretariat has been created by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, the national assembly of the Bishops of Canada. It was founded in 1943 and officially recognized by the Holy See in 1948. The Papal Visit team is working closely with numerous partners including the Vatican, Indigenous Elders, knowledge keepers and survivors of residential schools along with government officials at the federal, provincial and municipal levels as we prepare for this historic visit.
Planning a Papal Visit involves co-operation and support from many different partners. A special thank you to the hundreds of volunteers who gave generously fo their time and talents to make the visit possible.
We would like to express our gratitude to those who have supported Pope Francis’ pilgrimage of healing, reconciliation and hope:
We extend our sincere gratitude to the countless Indigenous partners involved in preparing to welcome the Holy Father. From National Indigenous Organizations to local communities, host committees and volunteers, the Papal Visit to Canada would not have been possible without your support. To First Nations, Métis and Inuit partners across this land, we are most grateful.