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The Pope will hold a public event in Iqaluit in front of Nakasuk School

The public will have a chance to see the pope during his visit to Iqaluit on July 29 at an event in the square in front of Nakasuk School, starting at 5 p.m. (file photo)

Pope Francis has also planned to meet privately with survivors of Inuit residential schools in Iqaluit

By Nunatsiaq News

Pope Francis will host a public event during his visit to Iqaluit on July 29, according to a schedule released Tuesday by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The public will be able to see the pope at 5 p.m. in the plaza outside Nakasuk Primary School, the schedule says. Tickets are not required for the event.

Before that, at 4:15 p.m., Francis will meet privately with survivors of Inuit residential schools.

The Pope’s flight is scheduled to land at the Iqaluit airport at 3:50 p.m., arriving from meetings earlier in the day in Quebec City. A departure ceremony at the airport, closed to the public, is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. The pope will return to Rome at night.

According to a Vatican News article published Wednesday, Francis will be accompanied by his papal entourage during his visit to Canada, including two Canadian cardinals, the prefect of the Dicastery for Bishops, Cardinal Marc Ouellet and Cardinal Michael Czerny.

More than 60 journalists will also accompany the pope on his plane, according to the article.

In March, when Francis met with Inuit, Métis and First Nations delegations at the Vatican, he said he hoped to be able to visit Canada.

Near the end of that visit, on April 1, Francis apologized for the role played by some Roman Catholic clergy in the abuses that occurred in the residential school system. He is expected to apologize again when he is in Canada.

The papal apology in Canada for the church’s role in the residential school system is one of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action released in 2015.

Francis is due to begin his trip to Canada in Edmonton on July 24 and spend the next three days with Indigenous groups there, including celebrating a public mass at Commonwealth Stadium – normally home of the Edmonton Elks CFL football team. – July 26, when more than 60,000 people are expected, before flying to Quebec.

While in Quebec, Francis is expected to receive an official welcome from Governor General Mary Simon and meet Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.