Pope apologises for ‘evil’ of Indigenous abuse in Canada

Pope Francis receives a war bonnet during a meeting with indigenous people at the Maskacis cemetery, about 100km south of Edmonton, Canada, on Tuesday. It is the first papal visit to Canada in 20 years. – EPA pic, July 26, 2022.

POPE Francis yesterday apologised for the “evil” inflicted on the Indigenous peoples of Canada on the first day of a visit focused on addressing decades of abuse at Catholic-run residential schools.

The plea for forgiveness from the leader of the world’s 1.3 billion Catholics was met with applause by a crowd of First Nations, Metis and Inuit people in Maskwacis, in western Alberta province – some of whom were taken from their families as children in what has been branded a “cultural genocide.”

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