‘Sadness, Shame’: Pope’s Apology for Church Abuses Against Indigenous Peoples in Canada

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Pope Francis addresses a meeting of First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities in Maskwacis, Alberta, Canada

In his first public statements during a trip to Canada, Pope Francis asked for forgiveness for survivors of abuse in Catholic residential schools for Indigenous children.

“I am deeply sorry,” the pope said, on the grounds of a former boarding school in Maskwacis, near Edmonton.

He said his apology was a first step and that a “serious investigation” into the abuse needed to take place so that the trauma could be overcome.

The pontiff is in Canada to apologize for the Church’s role in schools designed to convert Indigenous children.

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