Before traveling to Iqaluit on Friday, the 85-year-old Pontiff gifted a statue of St. Joseph and the Child Jesus to the archbishop’s residence in Québec City and St. Joseph Seminary in Edmonton, Alberta.
The devotees of St. Joseph said it’s ‘a great joy’ to hold the procession on May 1.
On the Solemnity of St. Joseph, the Vatican published the Pope’s letter written to the religious superior of the Congregation of St. Joseph, which is celebrating the 150th anniversary of its founding.
The dome of the Wheeling, West Virginia, edifice was modeled after the Duomo in Florence.
Concluding his final catechesis on St. Joseph, Pope Francis urged Catholics to turn to the saint at the most difficult times in their lives and for their communities.
Both Campbell and Father Okiria said that the experience of connecting with one another despite the vast distance and cultural differences has illustrated for them the universality of the Catholic faith.
In honor of the Year of St. Joseph, which ends on Dec. 8, the Diocese of Rome has allowed the two relics to tour Catholic parishes around the city.