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As part of his 37th Apostolic Visit, Pope Francis is going to be traveling to Canada. On this “penitential pilgrimage,” during which he will visit indigenous peoples, he will speak with those who have experienced the pain of having efforts made to eradicate their culture, particularly at residential schools that were operated by the Catholic Church.
US Churches Prepare, Boarding School Past Acts On Indigenous Children Look To Unfold As Pope Francis Apologizes To Indigenous Tribes In Canada
Churches in the United States are preparing themselves for an unprecedented confrontation with their own histories of running boarding schools for Indigenous children, as Native Americans tentatively accept Pope Francis’ historic apologies for the crimes committed on their ancestors within Canada.
Following a week of discussions with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis delegations, Pope Francis has apologized for the actions of some members of the Roman Catholic Church in Canada’s residential school system.
Indigenous leaders are now expecting Pope Francis to provide a public apology, with government officials all the way up to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau supporting their case. The pontiff is expected to give exactly such an apology for the church’s participation in boarding school atrocities when he meets with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit survivors at the Vatican next week, ahead of a possible visit to Canada later this year.