Does the Pope will come to Montreal in 2017 for the 375th anniversary of the founding of Ville-Marie? Nothing is less certain, according to some clues that have recently surfaced.
In February, Mayor Denis Coderre personally invited Francis to Montreal for the 375th, at a public hearing in Rome. This week, La Presse has obtained, under the Access to Information Act, a federal Department of Foreign Affairs documents where the coming of the Pope is presented as certain. This is a list of matches of the Ministry.
But a recent interview published in La Croix says the Pope visits will favor the small countries and poor. Pope Francis said it preferred “small countries, which have difficulties.” This is the account of a private meeting between the Pope and Jacques Gaillot, a French prelate protest.
According to John Allen, Vatican influential Boston Globe, François prefers to poor or small countries, which is why he had not visited until now a rich Western country. “I would not say that it is impossible to come to Montreal, having said that,” says Allen. The next visit of the Pope to the United States is explained by the influence of the country in the Church and the world.
Nobody among the prelates of the Church Quebec joined by La Presse, had heard this week of a confirmation of the visit of Francis. Neither the dioceses of Montreal and Quebec or at the Pontifical Canadian College in Rome. “It is quite rare that the pope confirms a trip two years ahead, we need a very important pastoral reason,” said Philippe Vaillancourt, Presence editor – religious news agency that specializes in religious news for Quebec.
The Foreign Ministry also refused to confirm the arrival of Francis. “I talked to the Protocol and the geographical Lectern, and they confirmed that we have no confirmation whether a papal visit to Canada,” said Francois Lasalle, spokesman of the Ministry.
A comparison can be made with the Eucharistic Congress in 2008, which had hovered the possibility of a visit by Pope Benedict XVI. “We have always worked with the hypothesis that the pope would be there,” says Jasmin Lemieux-Lefebvre, director of the diocese of Quebec communications. “It was the same for our counterparts in the various levels of government. It was easier than upsizer Downsizer. “Finally, Benedict XVI announced three months before the Eucharistic Congress that he could attend.
According to Mr. Lemieux-Lefebvre, the recent statement by Pope Francis reported by La Croix means that there is unlikely to come to Montreal.
The only pope to have visited Canada’s John Paul II in 1984 for a 12-day stay; in 1987 for a small jump to the Northwest Territories, where he could go in 1984 because of bad weather, on the sidelines of a visit to the United States; and finally in 2002 for the world Youth Day in Toronto.
– In collaboration with William Leclerc
The trips of Pope Francis
> July 2013 World Youth Day in Brazil
> May 2014 Jordan, West Bank, Israel
> August 2014 South Korea
> September 2014 Albania
> November 2014 European Parliament in Strasbourg
> November 2014 Turkey
> January 2015 Sri Lanka and Philippines
> June 2015 Bosnia and Herzegovina
> July 2015 Ecuador, Bolivia, Paraguay
> September 2015 Cuba, the United States, the United Nations Headquarters in New York
> November 2015 Kenya and the Central African Republic
> January 2016 Eucharistic Congress, Philippines
> July 2016 Argentina, Chile, Uruguay
> July 2016 World Youth Day, Poland
> May 2017 centenary of the apparition of the Virgin of Fatima, Portugal
Note: Past trips or confirmed