Pope Francis Atones for Catholic Abuse of Indigenous Children in Canada

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MASKWACIS, Canada—Pope Francis visited the positioning of a former residential college for indigenous Canadian children on Monday morning and repeatedly apologized for Catholics’ position in government-sponsored “projects of cultural destruction and forced assimilation” that he mentioned had devastated their communities.

“I humbly beg forgiveness for the evil committed by so many Christians against the indigenous peoples,” the pope mentioned, one among half a dozen methods wherein he expressed sorrow or begged for pardon within the speech, which he delivered to an viewers of indigenous leaders, elders and former residential college college students in addition to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Governor Common Mary Simon. His apologies drew applause and cheers a number of occasions through the speech.

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