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Pope OKs Canada trip to help healing with Indigenous peoples


October 28, 2021

Adrian Wyld, The Canadian Press via AP, file

In this May 31, 2021 file photo, shoes sit on the Eternal flame memorial in recognition of the discovery of children's remains at the site of a former residential school in Kamloops, British Columbia, on parliament hill in Ottawa, Ontario.

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis has agreed to visit Canada to help efforts at reconciliation with Indigenous peoples following shocking revelations of the Catholic Church's role in the abuse and deaths of thousands of native children, the Vatican said on Wednesday.

In a brief statement, the Holy See's press office said the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops invited the pope to make an apostolic journey to Canada "also in the context of the long-standing pastoral process of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples."

In return, Francis "has indicated his willingness to visit the country on a date to be settled in due course," the statement said.


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