Information regarding the papal Visit to Canada

 Catholic Bishops Welcome Announcement of Dates and Hub Cities for Papal Visit to Canada

Read the media release from the CCCB

Memo from Archbishop Richard Gagnon Regarding the Papal Visit
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Update from the Manitoba Métis Federation's delegation to Rome

Related News Articles:

Metis praise Pope Francis for listening - The Catholic Register

Manitoba Metis meet with Pope at the Vatican - The Globe and Mail

Photos from the Red River Métis pilgrimage to Rome:

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President David Chartrand has released a statement regarding the Pope's Apology and the Red River Métis delegation that is going to Rome later this month. Archbishop Gagnon and Archbishop Legatt will join the Red River Métis for this delegation.

Red River Métis delegation heading to Rome to meet with Pope Francis for a Journey Forward: Reconciliation to Renewal

Special statement by President David Chartrand on Pope Francis' apology to Indigenous peoples of Canada


Updates from the Indigenous Delegation to rome

There are many resources available to us as we witness the historical Delegation of Indigenous Peoples to Rome to visit the Holy Father.

Salt & Light Media is covering the media briefings and events throughout the coming week. Their updates and videos can be found here.


Audience with delegations of Canadian Indigenous Peoples and Apology from Pope Francis


Media Briefing following the meeting between Pope Francis and delegates from the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami.

John Longhurst from the Winnipeg Free Press is joining the delegation and reporting on the events happening there. You can find his full coverage from the Faith section of the Winnipeg Free Press online here.

Article: Métis Delegates first to meet with the Pope

Article: Sunrise ceremony before Papal visit

Article: Papal Apology for Catholic Church's role in residential schools

Article: Special human moment made everyone smile

The Catholic Register will also provide coverage of the delegation. Their resources and articles can be found here.

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has shared the following resources with us: In solidarity with the Indigenous Delegation to the Holy See, Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle has developed two resources: a prayer card and a document entitled Sacred Fire and Prayer Wave for Healing and Reconciliation. The resources can be found on the Circle’s website, here


Novena for the Indigenous Delegation to Rome

Archbishop Gagnon invites all the faithful in the Archdiocese of Winnipeg to join him in praying a novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe ahead of the delegation of the Indigenous People to Rome to meet the Holy Father.

We will pray the nine-day novena from Sunday, March 20, 2022, to Monday, March 28, 2022.

The novena goes as follows: 

O Blessed Virgin, Our Lady of Guadalupe

intercede for us with your Son

That we who live in this land,

Indigenous and non-Indigenous together,

may experience healing and reconciliation,

on a renewed journey for justice and peace for our children.

Mother of the Church, pray for us.


Our Father…

Hail Mary… (x10)

Glory Be…


Father of us all, we acknowledge the truth, and we seek to work for reconciliation amongst the children of your family; between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Canadians. As Pope Francis continues to meet at the Vatican with the First Nations, the Metis, and the Inuit, we ask you to help him to listen with all his heart. Give the delegates wisdom as they advise the Pope and help him to discern a good response. On our part, we commit ourselves to work for reconciliation not just in words but in action. Help us live together in peace, justice, and mutual respect. We thank You for all your many blessings. Let a new joy leap into the hearts of all of us. Amen.



Resources in support of Indigenous Delegation to the Holy See

In solidarity with the Indigenous Delegation to the Holy See, Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle has developed two resources: a prayer card and a document entitled Sacred Fire and Prayer Wave for Healing and Reconciliation. The resources can be found on the Circle’s website, here. 

Canadian Bishops, Assembly of First Nations, Métis National Council, and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami Provide an Update on Delegation to Rome

December 7, 2021 – After careful assessment of the uncertainty and potential health risks surrounding international travel amid the recent spread of the Omicron variant, the Canadian Bishops, Assembly of First Nations, Métis National Council, and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami have jointly decided to reschedule a delegation to the Vatican in December 2021 to the earliest opportunity in 2022.

The decision to postpone was a heartbreaking one, made after careful consultation with delegates, family members, community leaders, public health officials and the leadership of each of the three National Indigenous Organizations. Particularly for many elderly delegates as well as those who live in remote communities, the risk of infection and the fluid nature of the evolving global situation presents too great a threat at this time.

We take comfort in the desire, conveyed to us by the Holy See, that the safety of the delegation should inform any decision to move forward. It is also important to note that the delegation is postponed not cancelled.

Currently, the world’s health experts are still learning about the transmissibility of the Omicron variant. As more information becomes available, we will continue to assess the feasibility of future travel plans, based on guidance from the Canadian government and relevant international authorities.

Our shared commitment to walking together towards healing and reconciliation remains strong. We understand that the Holy See is very much committed to rescheduling this visit in the new year and we look forward to the opportunity for Indigenous Elders, knowledge keepers, residential school survivors, and youth to participate in private meetings with Pope Francis.

For further information:

Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops – 
Assembly of First Nations – 
Métis National Council – 
Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami –


Indigenous Delegation to Vatican City

Content from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) website


Over the past year, a national conversation on the tragic history of residential schools in Canada has unfolded throughout our country.

The Catholic Bishops of Canada are profoundly saddened by the residential school legacy and remain fully committed to working with Indigenous Peoples and communities across the country to support healing and reconciliation.  We also sorrowfully acknowledge the historical and ongoing trauma and the legacy of suffering and challenges faced by Indigenous Peoples that continue to this day.

These pages will provide an update on the latest initiatives as we walk together toward healing and reconciliation. In particular, we have assembled a number of resources related to the Delegation to Rome. This encounter with the Holy Father will include Indigenous survivors, Elders, knowledge keepers and youth meeting with Pope Francis.

This space will provide updates regarding the delegation in addition to providing relevant information for educational and spiritual resources, assist the media in their coverage and inform anyone interested in learning more about the ongoing journey to healing and reconciliation.

Resources for Parishes and the Faithful

Resources for Journalists

Educational Resources

Advent Video Series on Healing and Reconciliation

For more information, contact the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops at


Reconciliation Education by the First Nations University of Canada

Learn more here 

Courage and Conviction - A Documentary by the Knights of Columbus about Christopher Columbus

Watch the Documentary



Solidarity fund for truth, healing & reconciliation

"Our Solidarity Fund for Truth, Healing and Reconciliation is a sincere effort to bring new life and new hope into our relationship with Indigenous peoples... The Archdiocese of Winnipeg is committed to this fund in unity with the other dioceses in Manitoba." - Archbishop Richard Gagnon

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