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Pope Francis apologizes to Indigenous delegates for ‘deplorable’ abuses at residential schools – CBC

Apr 01, 2022

First Nations, Inuit and Métis conclude historic week of meetings

Pope Francis has apologized for the conduct of some members of the Roman Catholic Church in Canada’s residential school system, following a week of talks with First Nations, Inuit and Métis delegations.

The delegates had gathered for a final and public audience with the Pope at the Vatican on Friday as Francis spoke of feeling “sorrow and shame” for the conduct of those who ran the schools.

“I also feel shame … sorrow and shame for the role that a number of Catholics, particularly those with educational responsibilities, have had in all these things that wounded you, and the abuses you suffered and the lack of respect shown for your identity, your culture and even your spiritual values,” he said.

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