Reflection: Pope’s apology was historic, but did it matter? – Nunatsiaq News

Jan 5, 2023

Nunatsiaq News managing editor Corey Larocque looks back on Pope Francis’ visit to Iqaluit

This article is one in a series in which Nunatsiaq News journalists reflect on a story from 2022 that they loved to tell.

I’ve always been a sucker for big historical events — glued to the TV for royal weddings, presidential inaugurations and state funerals.

So, when Pope Francis announced he would visit Iqaluit as part of a three-day trip to Canada, I was instantly drawn in.

He had apologized in Rome for the role some Roman Catholics played in Canada’s residential school system, but all eyes were on His Holiness to see him say sorry on Canadian soil.

A papal apology was No. 58 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 calls to action. Whether his apology actually satisfied that call to action is debatable.

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