Pope Francis Holds Mass at Canadian National Shrine

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Pope Francis was greeted with cheers as he made his way to the National Shrine of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré in Quebec Thursday morning. Thousands of people converged on one of the oldest and most popular pilgrimage sites in North America to see the pontiff.

Those who couldn’t get a seat inside watched on big screens outside as the Holy Father continued what he called a journey from failure to hope. During his homily, Pope Francis reflected on a reading about Adam and Eve to help us understand our own participation in evil

“In confronting the scandal of evil and the Body of Christ wounded in the flesh of our indigenous brothers and sisters,” Pope Francis said, “we too have experienced deep dismay; we too feel the burden of the fall.”

Two-thousand people sat inside the basilica. Those seats were reserved for Indigenous participants and delegations from Eastern Canadian dioceses and some government officials.