Archbishop Gerald Lacroix

Archbishop Gerald Lacroix

July 15, 2013

Quebec must "rise again" and recover its traditional faith, Pope Francis told Quebec Archbishop Gerald Lacroix, who recently visited Rome.

Lacroix recounted in detail his June 26 audience with the pope at the Vatican to Montreal's newspaper, La Presse.

He said when he introduced himself as the archbishop of Quebec, "the pope replied, 'Ah, Quebec! Land of missions, a land that has known many great missionaries!'"

Lacroix said he told the pope that Quebec wants to continue in the footsteps of the great missionaries, and the pope responded, "Quebec must rise again."