Apr 01, 2022
By Jeremy Logan
Pope Francis has begged forgiveness for the “deplorable” abuses suffered by Indigenous Peoples in Canada’s residential schools.
He says he was “ashamed” and “indignant” at all they had endured.
Francis made the apology and vowed to visit Canada during an audience Friday at the Vatican with dozens of members of the Metis, Inuit and First Nations communities.
They came to Rome seeking a papal apology and a commitment for the Catholic Church to repair the damage.
Each of the groups had told the Pope in meetings earlier this week that they hoped he would apologize for the Roman Catholic Church’s role in the institutions during an upcoming trip.
An estimated 150,000 Indigenous children were forced to attend residential schools and more than 60% of the schools were run by the Catholic Church.
Around 190 people, including delegates, family and supporters, gathered to share spiritual practices and hear the Pope’s words during the final address.