Canadian Indigenous leaders want papal apology during December visit

ROME – With the visit of Canadian indigenous delegations to Rome and the Vatican now set in the books for December, some indigenous leaders have said they intend to use the meeting to encourage Pope Francis to come to Canada to make a formal apology for the atrocities committed at residential schools. Speaking during a June 30 press conference on the visit of indigenous delegations to Rome later this year, Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde said, “The whole system of residential schools was a genocide, and we see the intergenerational traumas and feel the effects to this day.” In terms of a formal apology from the Catholic Church, Bellegarde noted that so far, institutional mea culpas have been made by the Anglican Church, the Presbyterian Church, and the United Church of Canada.

Canadian Indigenous leaders want papal apology during December visit

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