Vatican City, June 23 (EFE). – Pope Francis will travel to Canada from July 24-30, despite knee pain that forced him to cancel the operation he had planned to carry out at the beginning of the same month in the Democratic Republic of Korea. The Vatican confirmed today that Congo and South Sudan on the advice of doctors.
The Holy See on Thursday provided details of the official program for the 85-year-old pope’s visit to Canada, which was already announced on May 13, although doubts were later raised about the trip, especially after the sudden cancellation of the visit. a tour.
Knee problems, which prompted him to use a wheelchair and a cane for his last public act, had already forced him to postpone a visit to Lebanon scheduled for mid-June, which, although not officially announced, led to the referral of the Lebanese authorities.
When announcing the cancellation of the trip to Africa in the tenth of the last century, the Vatican spokesman, Matteo Bruni, confirmed that improvement was noted in the development of knee pain at the Pope, but according to doctors, “excessive efforts can return to the previous situation and not restore the advantages achieved until right Now “.
And a few days ago, during his meeting with the Italian bishops, Francis admitted to them that he did not want to undergo surgery and that he would continue infiltration operations to cure his illness, according to newspaper “Il Messaggero”.
According to some media, Pope Francis did not react well to anesthesia when he underwent colon surgery last July, so he would have expressed his desire not to go to the operating room again.
These and other circumstances gave rise to some rumors about a possible resignation of Francis from the papacy, but these have not been substantiated.
According to the program confirmed today, Francis will visit Edmonton, Quebec and Iqaluit, at the invitation of authorities and indigenous communities, who suffered abuse in Catholic-run boarding schools during forced assimilation processes in the 19th and 4th centuries. 19th century
The pope had already made his intention to visit Canada on April 1, after welcoming Aboriginal communities to the Holy See and asking for their forgiveness for the “disgraceful behavior of churchmen” in those boarding schools.
The indigenous Inuit, Métis, and First Nations went to the Vatican with the goal of receiving the Pope’s request for forgiveness and his invitation to do so in their lands as well.
For this reason, the Pope will move to Iqaluit, which is located in the far north of Canada, in the so-called Canadian Far North, which is considered the territory of the indigenous Inuit population.
Last year, the remains of 215 children, students from Kamloops Indian Residential School, were discovered in British Columbia, reviving the tragedy of the indigenous Canadian peoples and their demand for justice.
From the end of the nineteenth century until 1997, Canadian governments entrusted Catholic, Anglican, and Protestant institutions to educate Aboriginal children, who were removed from their settlements, even without their parents’ consent, and in those boarding schools they were forbidden to attend. Using their names, language and traditions.
It is estimated that between 1890 and 1997 about 150,000 Indigenous children were forcibly confined in hundreds of school dormitories and that about 4,000 minors died due to the unsanitary conditions in which they lived.
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