Need an expert? Pope Francis' visit to Canada

Need an expert
Pope Francis in front of crowd at the Vatican
Pope Francis will visit Canada from July 24-29 and meet with Indigenous leaders and residential school survivors, including in Edmonton, Lac Sainte-Anne, Québec City, Sainte-Anne de Beaupre and Iqaluit.

Members of the media may directly contact the following expert:

Full Professor, Department of Classics and Religious Studies, Faculty of Arts

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Professor Anderson is a historian of religion in Canada, with a special focus on Indigenous/Catholic encounters, and can comment on the following particulars of the Pope’s visit:

  • The historic significance of Pope Francis' visit compared to past Papal visits of Canada 
  • The history of residential schools in Canada and the comparative involvement of different denominations in the system
  • Analysis of the Pope’s apology, homilies, speeches, and other remarks to Canada's Indigenous communities
  • What next steps are necessary from the Catholic church in reconciliation with Indigenous peoples
  • The historical significance in the spirituality of Indigenous Catholics in Canada of various sites to be visited by the Pope, including Lac Saint-Anne and Sainte-Anne de Beaupré
  • Pope Francis and his future: is his resignation imminent?

Professor Anderson is also available on a regular basis to media outlets interested in an expert to provide commentary leading up to and during the Pope’s visit, including daily availability. Email her directly to organize any arrangement.