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Canada-Holy See Bilateral Relations

Canada established diplomatic relations with the Holy See in 1969 and maintains separate diplomatic missions to the Republic of Italy and to the Holy See in Rome. Canada recognizes the important international role and influence of the Holy See as a sovereign entity governing the Catholic Church. As the headquarters of faith group with some 1.2 billion adherents across the globe, the Holy See is an important vantage point on global and regional issues.

Important milestones for Canadian Catholics have been the occasion to build closer ties between the Holy See and Canada. Pope Benedict XVI canonized two Canadian saints, Saint Frère André in 2010 and Saint Kateri Tekakwitha in 2012. Two Canadian archbishops were named to the College of Cardinals: Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, was named in 2012 by Pope Benedict XVI, and Cardinal Gérald Lacroix, Archbishop of Quebec, was named in 2014 by Pope Francis. In 2014, Pope Francis marked the canonization of Canada’s two newest saints, François de Laval and Marie de l’Incarnation at a Mass celebrated at St Peter’s Basilica.

Diplomatic Representation

Through its mission to the Holy See, Canada advocates for its interests and contributes to a better understanding of Canada in the Holy See. The Holy See has a Nunciature in Ottawa.

July 2018

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