JUST IN FROM HOLY SEE PRESS OFFICE 7 PM: “On the way back from the National Shrine of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Pope Francis stopped to meet the guests of the Fraternité St Alphonse Reception and Spirituality Center. Welcomed in the garden of the structure by permanent guests and by those who habitually frequent the center, in total about 50 people, including elderly people, people suffering from various addictions and HIV / AIDS patients, and by the director in charge, Fr André Morency , the Pope talked informally with them, listening to their stories and collecting their prayers. At the end, in greeting them, he gave them an icon of the virgin ‘Our Lady of Jerusalem’.”
The icon presented by the Pope has a beautiful, carved wood frame:
POPE FRANCIS IN CANADA: DAY 5, MASS AT SHRINE OF SAINTE-ANNE-DE-BEAUPRE AND VESPERS
THIS MORNING at 10 am local time, Pope Francis celebrated Mass at the Shine of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré in eastern Canada, near Quebec, and recalls that Jesus always walks with us to help us move beyond our failures toward hope in God. At the start of the fifth day of his Apostolic Journey to Canada, Pope Francis presided over Mass in the National Shrine of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, some 30 kilometers east of Quebec. The Pope traveled by car to the oldest pilgrimage site in North America, which was first built in 1658 to house a miraculous statue of Jesus’ grandmother.
In his homily, Pope Francis reflected on the conclusion of Luke’s Gospel, which recounts the journey of the disciples to Emmaus and their encounter with Jesus, whom they did not initially recognize. Pope at Mass in Canada: ‘Jesus leads us from failure to hope and healing’ – Vatican News
THIS AFTERNOON at 5:15 local time, in Quebec’s Notre Dame cathedral, Pope Francis will celebrate Vespers with the bishops of Canada, together with priests, deacons, consecrated people, seminarians and pastoral workers. After an introduction by the president of the Canadian Episcopal Conference, Bishop Raymond Poisson of Saint-Jérôme e di Mont-Laurier, vespers will be celebrated in French, English and Latin, followed by a brief reading in French and then Pope Francis’ homily.
Following vespers, Cardinal Gérald Cyprien Lacroix, archbishop of Quebec, will accompany the Holy Father to the tomb of St. Francis de Laval for silent prayer. Several relics of Canadian saints are currently exposed for veneration in the cathedral.