Alaskan pilgrims make their way to St. Peter’s Square for the Oct. 17 general audience with Pope Benedict XVI.

On Wednesday, Oct. 17 a group of about 50 Alaskans, including Fr. Pat Travers from the Diocese of Juneau, attended Mass in the pope’s official church in Rome — the Basilica of St. John Lateran. The Alaskans are in Rome for the October 21st canonization of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha–the first Native American to be officially recognized as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church — and 6 other martyrs, including Blessed Pedro Calungsod and Blessed Marianne Cope. Accompanying the pilgrims are Bishop Kettler of Fairbanks and Archbishop Schwietz of Anchorage.

Photos of the pilgrimage and canonization are posted on the Catholic Anchor Facebook page:

Alaskans attend gathering with the Pope 

Alaskan pilgrims visit St. John Lateran in Rome