Pope Francis Begs Forgiveness for ‘Evil’ Committed Against Indigenous Canadians

Pope Francis Begs Forgiveness for ‘Evil’ Committed Against Indigenous Canadians


ROME, Italy — Pope Francis held his first meeting with the indigenous peoples of Canada on Monday, in which he repeatedly apologized for the sins and evil committed by Christians against the native population.

Reiterating the nature of his visit as “a penitential pilgrimage,” the pontiff said he traveled to Canada “to tell you in person of my sorrow, to implore God’s forgiveness, healing and reconciliation, to express my closeness and to pray with you and for you.”

Referring back to meetings with representatives of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit in the Vatican earlier this year, Francis said he feels a “deep sense of pain and remorse” when thinking back on “the tragic situations that so many of you, your families and your communities

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