Pope Francis asks for ‘forgiveness in the name of the church’ for abuses at residential schools – CBC

Aug 03, 2022

The pontiff spent last week in Edmonton, Quebec City and Iqaluit

Pope Francis said on Wednesday he felt the pain of survivors of Canada’s residential school system and he asked for “forgiveness in the name of the church” for the role many of its members played in abusing children and attempting to erase Indigenous cultures.

The pope dedicated his talk at his weekly general audience to his trip last week to Canada, where he delivered a historic apology for the church’s role in the government-sanctioned schools, which operated between 1870 and 1996.

More than 150,000 Indigenous children were separated from their families and brought to residential schools. Catholic religious orders ran most of them under successive Canadian governments’ policy of assimilation.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/pope-francis-general-audience-canada-residential-schools-1.6539562

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