In what is shaping up to be one of the biggest and most significant papal visits to Canada in years, Pope Francis will be making the long trek from the Vatican to Toronto on Thursday for a rare appearance at the National Assembly.
The pope will be accompanied by his wife, the former Italian Cardinal Giovanna Speranza, and by his nephew, the Archbishop of Toronto, Cardinal Timothy Dolan.
The itinerary, which includes stops at St. Michael’s Cathedral in Toronto, and the Canadian War Museum, is part of a major diplomatic trip to the country.
Pope Francis arrived in Toronto on Monday and will travel to Niagara Falls on Wednesday, where he will hold a Mass before attending a Mass at St Matthew’s Cathedral.
He will then spend two days at St Mary’s Cathedral before traveling to Toronto for a two-day visit.
During that time, he will also be joined by his family.
On Wednesday, the pope will visit the St. John Paul II Church in downtown Toronto, the site of a massive fire at the end of World War II.
The church was rebuilt, and many of the survivors are expected to be there for the event.
The archdiocese of Toronto is also expected to host a private Mass at the church on Wednesday night.
A day later, the Pope will attend a private service at St George’s Cathedral at York University, followed by a Mass in the St Michael’s Basilica.
Then, he is expected to visit St. Paul’s Cathedral on Thursday.
The Vatican has not released any schedule or itinerary for the pontiff’s visit.
The trip has drawn criticism from both the Conservative and Liberal parties.
“He is the head of the world’s most powerful church, and he’s been a very busy man,” Conservative MP Marc Garneau told reporters.
“It’s been almost a year since he’s come here.
It’s a great thing that Pope Francis is coming to Canada, that he’s coming to our province, because of his support for our economy, the fact that we have a strong Canadian economy.” “
I think that it’s a huge deal.
It’s a great thing that Pope Francis is coming to Canada, that he’s coming to our province, because of his support for our economy, the fact that we have a strong Canadian economy.”
Trudeau has said he expects the visit to be a “huge deal” for Canada, a country that has struggled in the wake of the economic recession.
“When the Pope arrived in Canada, I think it was a very positive experience, a very special thing for us,” Trudeau said during a news conference in Ottawa on Thursday, “and I think that there will be a lot of excitement about the visit as well.”
He said the visit would “strengthen the relationship between Canada and the Vatican.”
He added that the pontiffs visit was a “positive sign of the closeness between our two countries.”
Trudeau also said the trip “will make the world safe for refugees, for the LGBT community and for women and children.”
He also said he was pleased that the pope would be spending the day in Canada.
“We have so many positive things happening right now in the world, so we’re just excited that the Pope is coming here and showing the world that we are together,” he said.
“So that it doesn’t matter whether he’s in the U.K., Italy or France or wherever, he’s going to be showing that we’re together, and that’s something that we need to continue to show.”
Trudeau added that he was “pleased” with Pope Francis’s visit and that it “wasn’t an easy decision to make, but the message of love, compassion and peace that he wants to convey, that is a message that we can all take seriously.”
Garneau was the only Liberal MP in the House of Commons to oppose the move to host the pope.
“This is an extraordinary moment in history and we have been at this for a long time, but it has to be in the interest of the entire country to show that we do care about refugees and people of faith,” he told reporters in Ottawa.
Garneau said he would welcome the pope visiting Toronto, but that he did not believe the Catholic Church would welcome a pope who had criticized its treatment of refugees.
“The church is not for those who are not Catholics, or those who don’t adhere to its teachings, or the Church’s moral teachings,” Garneau added.
The Canadian government said that while it was not involved in the pope decision to visit, the government had a “special relationship” with the church and would “support his visit and his ministry in Canada.”
Justin Trudeau speaks to the media at the Conservative Party of Canada convention in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, on Thursday May 15, 2017.
The Conservative Party said the decision to host Pope Francis in Canada was not taken lightly, but he is welcome.
“Pope Francis is a devout Catholic and he has already visited Canada twice in the past,” a statement from the party read.
“As the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau is the person to make that decision and to