Pope Francis, apologising means returning Indigenous land

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On July 24, Pope Francis, the 266th Bishop of Rome, made a “pilgrimage of penance” to Canada, the first papal visit in 20 years, deemed as a six-day “reconciliation” tour to publicly apologise and meet with Indigenous people and leaders. The pope’s apology was meant to atone for the Catholic Church’s role (among the Canadian government and other Christian churches) in running residential schools, which facilitated the forced removal of Indigenous children away from their families, resulting in sexual and physical abuse, assimilation, stripping of their language and culture, and the continuous …

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