Pope: Church feels “burden of failure” over Canada indigenous schools

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Reuters

By Philip Pullella and Kevin Dougherty SAINTE-ANNE-DE-BEAUPRE, Quebec (Reuters) -Pope Francis on Thursday said the Catholic Church felt “the burden of failure” for its role in the running of government-backed residential schools that tried to wipe out indigenous cultures and where many children were abused. On the penultimate day of his week-long apology tour of Canada, Francis presided at a Mass at the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre in the town of the same name about 30 km (20 miles) outside Quebec City. At the start of the Mass, some participants unfurled a banner asking him to formally …

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