Pope Francis atones for Catholic mistreatment of Indigenous children in Canada

Muskavasis, Canada-Pope Francis visited the site of a former residential school for Indigenous Canadian Children On Monday morning and repeatedly apologized for the role of Catholics in “projects of cultural destruction and forced assimilation” sponsored by the government, they said they had devastated their communities.

“I humbly apologize for the evil done by so many Christians against the indigenous people,” the pope said, one of half a dozen ways in which he expressed grief or begged for forgiveness in a speech, which he told an indigenous audience. Gave. leaders, elders and former residential school students as well as the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the governor general Mary Simon, His apology elicited applause and applause several times during the speech.