D-Day has arrived in Quebec: Pope Francis is in town and will participate in a series of activities on the sidelines of his "penitential pilgrimage" which is due to end on Friday.
The program of the tour of the Holy Father was delayed by one hour today due to a delay of the flight which must bring to Quebec of the native leaders.
Francis' visit is a first for a pope in Quebec since the arrival of John Paul II in 1984.
2:20 p.m. | The practically empty Grande-Allée
At 2 p.m., the Grande-Allée was practically empty. Even the restaurant terraces that are usually filled in the heart of the holidays had only a few customers. However, the place is ideal to see the procession of the Pope pass by very closely.
“He is the head of the Church and we were interested in seeing him at least once in our life,” explained Robert Larocque. The group arrived in Quebec last weekend taking advantage of the opportunity to go to the Sainte-Anne party and to visit the greater Quebec region.
2:15 p.m. | If the Plains of Abraham are relatively quiet for the moment, the excitement is felt at the Jean-Lesage airport.
The pope's plane is expected a few minutes early around 2:45 p.m. Security is omnipresent there and about twenty vehicles are ready to transport the papal procession to the Citadel.
The Pope will be greeted directly on the tarmac by several dignitaries, including Prime Minister François Legault.
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