Mass of Pope Francis in Edmonton

Pope Francis Mass in Edmonton

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Pope Francis on a visit to Canada celebrates a High Mass today in Edmonton, Alberta, the day after a historic pardon for the tragedy of residential schools for Indians. 

Under a cloudy sky, thousands of people flocked to the Commonwealth Stadium where the sovereign pontiff will deliver a homily, his third speech since the start of his visit on Sunday.

But a few minutes from the Pope's arrival, the bleachers remained half empty, far behind the 63,000 people announced by the organizers, in a restrained atmosphere that contrasted with the usual festive atmosphere of these large gatherings.

< strong>Listen to Alexandre Dubé's interview with Thérèse Niquay, Director of Community Services and Projects, Atikamekw Community of Manawan, residential school survivor on QUB radio: