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Pope Francis Apologizes for "Evil" Committed by Christians against Indigenous Peoples


Screenshot from the apology July 25, 2022.

On Monday, seated on a stage in Alberta, Canada, before thousands of residential school survivors and their descendants, Pope Francis returned a pair of a child's moccasins that have "kept alive [his] sense of sorrow, indignation and shame," for the Catholic Church's role in Canada's Indian residential school system.

Indigneous leaders from Canada gave the Pope the moccasins in Rome earlier this year, when a delegation of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit residential school survivors were invited to privately meet with him.

Pope Francis said he was asked to return the moccasins–a sign of the suffering endured by Indigenous children, especially those who never came home from residential school– when he came to Canada.


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