Updates on the Papal Visit

Preparations are in full swing for the Pope’s upcoming visit. Find out how you can help!

We are delighted to share the joy of the upcoming pastoral visit by Pope Francis to Canada on July 24-29, 2022. This visit will be one of healing, hope and reconciliation that we hope will be a watershed moment for the Indigenous Peoples of this land and the Church’s relationship with them. 

The Vatican has confirmed that the Holy Father will utilize three hubs for the visit to Canada: Edmonton, Quebec City and Iqaluit. It will be a much more modest visit than a usual papal pilgrimage, due to the Holy Father’s age, health, and mobility issues.

Still, there are costs associated with the visit, including lodging and event security, event production costs and site logistics. National organizers estimate the total cost of the visit at $15 million, and are working to secure support from all levels of government as well as the private sector.

There will be two pew collections within the Archdiocese of Edmonton to help with these costs. The first will be June 18-19, prior to National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21. The second collection will be July 23-24. Pope Francis arrives in Canada on July 24.

Donations may be made:

  • Online through Canada Helps
  • By cheque to the Archdiocese of Edmonton, duly marked “Papal Visit.”

We thank you in advance for supporting this historic visit of Pope Francis to Canada.

Please read Archbishop Smith’s full letter to the faithful here.