Visit by Pope Francis to Canada: Here’s what happened on July 25 (2022)

Pope Francis is visiting Canada July 25-29, making stops in Edmonton, Quebec City and Iqaluit to address the devastating legacy of Canada’s residential school system.

Follow Tuesday’s live coverage of the Pope’s visit.

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Here’s what you need to know so far:

  • Thousands of residential school survivors and their families gathered in Maskwacis.
  • ‘I am sorry. I ask for forgiveness’: Pope Francis apologizes for the abuses of residential schools.
  • Pope Francis met with Indigenous people and the parish community of Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples in Edmonton.
8:15 p.m. ET

Pope Francis leaves Sacred Heart, greets devotees waiting outside

Pope Francis, while being pushed in a wheelchair, approached awaiting devotees outside Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples. Marek Keyrose, 19, was among those waiting for a glimpse of the Pope. “I was able to see the guy that literally made my culture,” the first-generation Canadian said. His family is from Ecuador, and he noted the Pope is from Argentina. “Oh my God, that was amazing.”

The Pope then got in a vehicle and left in a motorcade, waving and smiling to the cheering crowd.

– Carrie Tait

8 p. ET

Pope Francis address Sacred Heart Church; receives gifts from children and elders

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At Sacred Heart, Pope Francis addressed about 200 people in Spanish, reiterating his apology made hours earlier at Maskwacis. The congregation consisted largely, although not exclusively, of Indigenous peoples.

”It pains me to think that Catholics contributed to policies of assimilation and enfranchisement that inculcated a sense of inferiority, robbing communities and individuals of their cultural and spiritual identity, severing their roots and fostering prejudicial and discriminatory attitudes; and that this was also done in the name of an educational system that was supposedly Christian,” the Holy Father said, according to the English text distributed by the Vatican.

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The Pope acknowledged reconciliation is not easy for those who suffered under the residential school system. ”I can only imagine the effort it must take, for those who have suffered so greatly because of men and women who should have set an example of Christian living, even to think about reconciliation,” he said, according to the English text. “Nothing can ever take away the violation of dignity, the experience of evil, the betrayal of trust. Or take away our own shame, as believers.”

Despite this struggle, the Pope said “we need to set out anew.”

He added: “This is the way forward: to look together to Christ, to love betrayed and crucified for our sake; to look to Christ, crucified in the many students of the residential schools.”

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After Pope Francis spoke, children presented him with gifts, such as art from Indigenous artist Jason Carter. Elders presented him with a red, yellow, and orange star blanket. Traditionally, this would be draped on the receivers’ shoulders; in this case, it was placed on his lap because of his mobility issues. The congregation cheered when it was placed on his lap.

Leaning heavily on his cane with his right hand, the Pope then stood and offered a blessing to the newly renovated church. He then returned to his wheelchair at centre stage, smiled and waved with both hands.

- Carrie Tait

6:50 p.m. ET

A survivor prepares for the Pope’s visit at Sacred Heart Church

Some Christians believe that a church is entered in the spirit of forgiveness. So it is with Noella Amable, who was waiting patiently for the arrival of Pope Francis to Edmonton’s Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples on Monday afternoon.

The church, built in 1913 on Treaty 6 territory, is bright, airy and decorated with Indigenous art after it was damaged by fire two years ago; the tabernacle is the shape of a tipi.

Ms. Amable, who was born in Onion Lake, Sask., attended Christian day schools, not overnight residential schools, in her youth; she was hit by the nuns, though not sexually abused. But she felt her culture was taken away from her. “We couldn’t talk our language and they cut our hair short,” she said. “I think they wanted us to look like non-Indian little girls.”

Her mother was in a residential school and had a miserable time there. “She couldn’t cope after she left and she ended up on the streets of Edmonton,” Ms. Amable said.

But she said she did not come to Sacred Heart to condemn the church, or Pope Francis. “I heard his apology this morning and it was very moving for me,” she said. “My mother taught us to forgive the nuns. I had to, I had to move on. Francis did say he was sorry and we have to take that to heart. How many times can someone say they are sorry?”

- Eric Reguly

6:45 p.m. ET

Pope Francis arrives at Sacred Heart Catholic Church of the First Peoples in Edmonton

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About 200 people gathered in Sacred Heart Catholic Church of the First Peoples in downtown Edmonton Monday afternoon. The church was smudged ahead of the Pope’s arrival. Singing and drumming started as his motorcade approached.

Members of the parish Indigenous Music Ministry will offer an honour song, the traditional hymn How Great Thou Art in Cree, according to the papal itinerary. This demonstrates to someone new or visiting that they are welcome and appreciated. The church’s Catholic Fathers, and Elder Fernie Marty, will greet the Pope.

Sheldon Meek painted the Stations of the Cross in Sacred Heart. They were lost as a result of a fire and renovations. However, they were recreated for the renovated church. Children will present the Pope with prints of the work. The Pope will also receive an eagle feather and a star quilt.

- Carrie Tait

5:45 p.m. ET

Apology must be ‘the beginning and not the end,’ says Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister

Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations Marc Miller says the Pope’s apology to Indigenous people must be “the beginning and not the end.”

He says more work must be done, including getting documents from the Catholic Church, so survivors get an element of closure and a complete picture of the residential school system.

Miller says the federal government does play a role.

- The Canadian Press

(Video) Pope Francis apologizes for 'deplorable evil' of residential schools

2:00 p.m. ET

Pope Francis leaves Maskwacis; to visit Sacred Heart later today

Pope Francis is leaving Maskwacis after giving a formal apology for residential schools. The pontiff spent about 90 minutes in the Indigenous community south of Edmonton.

He is set to speak later today with Indigenous Peoples and parish members at the Church of Sacred Heart in Edmonton.

The Vatican bills Pope Francis’s stop at Sacred Heart as an “encounter,” which, in the parlance of the church, indicates a deeper, more intimate connection than a formal meeting or visit. It is anchored in outpouring and listening, a theme dear to Pope Francis.

– The Canadian Press and Carrie Tait

1:40 p.m. ET

Jerry Saddleback performs honour song; Chief Littlechild presents Pope with a traditional headdress

An honour song by Jerry Saddleback followed the formal apology as Chief Wilton Littlechild, who suffers from health ailments, walked shakily up the steps to present Pope Francis with a traditional headdress, similar to the one worn by the chiefs who surrounded him on stage.

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The crowd applauded as Chief Littlechild, a former Truth and Reconciliation commissioner, placed the traditional and sacred item on the Pope’s head.

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Sipihko, a Cree woman in regalia cried out, singing the national anthem in her Indigenous language, through tears. The crowd applauded the unscripted, emotional moment. Shortly after, someone cried out, “Repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery! Renounce the papal bulls!”

The papal bulls were 15th-century edicts that justified taking Indigenous land, and many Indigenous leaders have called on the pope to formally rescind them.

– Willow Fiddler

1:10 p.m. ET

Pope Francis apologizes for the abuses of residential schools

Pope Francis apologized Monday for the Catholic Church’s role in the abuse at residential schools in Canada. Speaking through a translator, the Pope said that while there were “many instances of devotion and care for children,” the overall effects of residential school policies were “catastrophic.”

The Globe and Mail

“I am sorry. I ask for forgiveness, in particular, for the ways in which many members of the Church and of religious communities co-operated, not least through their indifference, in projects of cultural destruction and forced assimilation promoted by the governments of that time, which culminated in the system of residential schools,” Pope Francis said at an outdoor gathering near the former site of the Ermineskin Indian Residential School, once one of the largest residential schools.

Pope Francis said that though Christian charity “was not absent” and that there were “many instances of devotion and care for children,” the overall effects of residential school policies were “catastrophic.”

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“I humbly beg forgiveness for the evil committed by so many Christians against the Indigenous peoples,” he said.

The policies were a “disastrous error” incompatible with the gospel of Jesus Christ, he said, adding that Indigenous peoples continue to pay the price.

Near the end of his speech, the Pope called for a “serious investigation of what took place in the past and to assist the survivors of the residential schools to experience healing from the traumas they suffered.” The pontiff spoke in Spanish, his first language, with English translations provided by the Holy See press office.

Translations were also available in several Indigenous languages.

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The text appears to ask for a new probe into the residential schools even though their abuses were thoroughly examined by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which did its work between 2008 and 2015. The Holy See press office provided no other details about what this “serious investigation” would entail, or who would do it.

The office referred to the Spanish version of the text from which Pope Francis read. There, the word “investigation” is not used. In translation from Spanish to English, it says, “An important part of this process is to make a serious search for the truth about the past.”

– Tavia Grant and Eric Reguly

12:45 p.m. ET

Chiefs of the four nations of Maskwacis lead grand entry

After Pope Francis prayed in the Ermineskin Residential School cemetery, surrounded by the graves of children, he was met and led into the Maskwa Park arena by the chiefs of the four nations of Maskwacis: Louis Bull Tribe, Samson Cree Nation, Montana First Nation and Ermineskin First Nation. The four men, dressed in traditional clothing and headdresses, then led a grand entry of drumming and singing, followed by other Indigenous leaders and dancers to welcome the Pope. The 85-year-old pontiff struggled to his feet to shake the hands of the chiefs, who then joined him on the podium.

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A long red banner, with the names of the more than 4,000 children who never made it back home from the residential schools wove through the crowd as a reminder of why everyone has gathered today. The names were from the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, which has said the full tally of missing children is much higher,

Willow Fiddler and Tavia Grant

12:30 p.m. ET

Pope Francis prays at Ermineskin Cree Nation Cemetery

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Pope Francis’s stop at the cemetery is being streamed on two large screens at the powwow grounds. Part of the crowd is watching the screens beside the stage and part is looking toward the back, where chiefs have assembled for the grand entry.

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A helicopter and drone hover overhead. People are still chatting at Maskwa Park, but it has quieted down as the Pope arrives now by wheelchair, with his entourage behind him.

– Carrie Tait

11:30 a.m. ET

Residential school survivors, their families arrive for Pope’s visit

‘I’m here mainly to accept the apology on behalf of my mom and dad’

Alma Favel King travelled from Poundmaker Cree Nation in Saskatchewan for Pope Francis’s visit to Maskwacis. She attended residential school in Onion Lake, Sask. Her parents and grandparents also attended residential school.

“I’m here mainly to accept the apology on behalf of my mom and dad. And all those who aren’t able to be here,” she said as the crowd waited for the Pope to arrive. “I think it means that the church recognizes the harm that they caused our people. And hopefully this can be a new relationship between the First Nations and the church.”

Her mother, Ms. Favel King said, would have attended if she were alive.

Ms. Favel King, 74, said she suffered advanced scabies at residential school and ended up in the hospital. Her parents refused to return her and her sister to the institution, and the priest sent her family “nasty letters” in response.

The day, she said, is “overwhelming.”

– Carrie Tait

‘(I)t does mean something that he came to a First Nation to make his apology.’

David Gamble, Grand Chief of the Sask First Nations Veterans Association, has little hope that Pope Francis’s apology Monday will build on the one he made in April.

“He is saying sorry for something that he was not involved in,” he told The Globe and Mail. “… But it does mean something that he came to a First Nation to make his apology.”

Mr. Gamble, 55, says his father and his uncles were residential school survivors, and that his uncles experienced “awful sexual and mental abuse.” They resorted to alcohol and drugs to try to find solace, and some of their children got caught up in that cycle. “I lost two uncles to alcohol and I was a big alcoholic myself,” he said.

When asked whether there was anything the Catholic Church could say or do that would help repair the damage done, he replied: “What the Church can do for me is stay away from me.”

– Eric Reguly

10:30 a.m. ET

Thousands arrive in Maskwacis for Pope’s visit

Thousands of people have arrived at Maskwacis in advance of the Pope’s arrival later this morning, taking seats in lines of white chairs that have been set up. Videos are playing recorded messages from the Pope and clips of people talking about the effort that led to this visit. There is a large contingent of media from around the world. A light rain fills the air with the smell of prairie grasses.

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Mascwacis, formerly called Hobbema, was the site of the Ermineskin Residential School. One of the largest in Canada, it operated from 1916 to 1975. Five tipis now mark the site, four of them representing each of the nations of this land – Samson Cree Nation, Ermineskin Cree Nation, Montana First Nation and the Louis Bull Tribe – and the fifth symbolizing the entrance to the school that once stood.

– Jana Pruden and Carrie Tait

8:00 a.m. ET

First full day of the Pope’s visit to Canada

Thousands of residential and day school survivors and their families from across Canada will gather today in Maskwacis, Alta., to meet with Pope Francis. The Pope landed in Alberta on Sunday for a six-day visit to address the devastating legacy of the country’s residential school system.

He begins in the Edmonton area before heading to Quebec City and Iqaluit, where he will meet with Indigenous survivors, knowledge keepers, youth, elders and leaders, along with leaders in the Catholic Church.

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Fri., July 29: Depart Quebec City; arrive Iqaluit; Rome

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(Video) Pope Francis in Canada: Meeting with Indigenous People in Maskwacis, Alberta | July 25, 2022

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Wed., July 27: Depart Edmonton; arrive Quebec City

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Fri., July 29: Depart Quebec City; arrive Iqaluit; Rome

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Where the Pope will be on visit to Canada

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Today he will travel south of Edmonton to visit Maskwacis, home of the former Ermineskin Residential School site – one of the largest such sites in Canada. He is expected to stop and offer a prayer before heading to an event at Makwa Park (for 10 a.m. MDT), where he is then expected to deliver an apology for the intergenerational harms from the church-run, government-funded schools.

Later today (at 4:45 p.m. MDT) he will meet with Indigenous people and the parish community of Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples, a national Indigenous church in Edmonton, in an invitation-only event. This is the first papal visit to Canada in 20 years; it has the theme of “Walking Together,” and will focus on healing and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.

– Tavia Grant

Sunday, July 24

Pope Francis arrives in Canada

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Pope Francis touched down in Alberta just after 11 a.m. on Sunday, after making the 10-hour flight to Edmonton from Rome for a historic Canadian visit. He was met by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mary Simon, Canada’s first Indigenous Governor-General, for a brief ceremony and greeting.

Flanked by Mr. Trudeau and Ms. Simon, in a trio of chairs on a thin red carpet, Pope Francis shared private words with a procession of local and national political, Indigenous and church leaders. He kissed the hand of Elder Alma Desjarlais, a residential school survivor, and received a beaded medallion as a gift from Grand Chief George Arcand. The Pope passed out gifts of coin medallions in small red boxes to those he met.

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He has described the trip as a “penitential pilgrimage,” intended to foster healing and reconciliation in the wake of a legacy of physical, sexual and emotional abuse suffered by Indigenous children at Catholic-run residential schools.

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Visit by Pope Francis to Canada: Here’s what happened on July 25? ›

Pope Francis is visiting Canada between July 25 and July 29, making stops in Edmonton, Quebec City and Iqaluit to address the devastating legacy of Canada's residential school system. On Monday, the Pope gave a formal apology for the abuses of residential schools.

Why pope visited Canada? ›

The pope described the trip as a "penitential pilgrimage" with the goal of contributing to the "process of healing and reconciliation with the country's Indigenous peoples".

Has Pope Francis visited Canada? ›

Pope's six-day tour of Canada is ending in northern territory of Nunavut, where he met residential school survivors.

Is Pope Francis still in Canada? ›

Pope Francis takes leave of Canada in Nunavut amid criticism.

What is the pope's net worth? ›

Pope Francis Net Worth is $16 Million US Dollars.
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Where is the pope visiting 2022? ›

Healing and Reconciliation:

Pope Francis made a pastoral visit to Canada from July 24 to 29, 2022.

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The last time a pope visited an Indigenous community in Canada was in 1987, when John Paul II stopped in Fort Simpson, N.W.T., on Dehcho First Nations land.

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However, the rule books when you become Pope are a little stricter. You have to learn multiple languages, attend confession, meet with heads of state, lead mass services, and remain celibate. This means the simple answer to this article's question is no, Popes do not marry.

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Now, let's round things off here. News reports say the federal government is chipping in $35 million for the papal visit. Then, add the reported $15 million the Archdiocese of Edmonton is out to raise for the visit. So — let's carry the one, add the two, and we come up with $50 million.

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MUST WATCH. (CNN) Pope Francis departed Rome on Sunday for a week-long trip to Edmonton, Canada, where he's set to apologize for the Catholic Church's role in the abuse of Canadian Indigenous children in residential schools.

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RELATED STORIES. The first papal visit to Canada happened in 1984, when Pope John Paul II stepped off the papal aircraft in Quebec City. The trip entailed a 12-day tour of the country, which included Quebec City, Trois-Rivières, Montreal, St. John's, Moncton, Halifax, Toronto, Midland (Ontario), Winnipeg/St.

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The website for the Pontiff's visit, which begins Sunday, says the assembly of bishops, along with individual dioceses, personal and corporate donors and different levels of government, typically all pay the cost of a papal visit.

How many times has pope visited Canada? ›

This is the first visit by a pope to Canada since 2002, and Francis is only the second pontiff to visit the country. All three previous visits were made by Pope John Paul II.

Where is the pope visiting in Canada? ›

The Pope will visit Edmonton, Quebec and Iqaluit, three culturally significant locations with large Indigenous population, on his trip. In a unique diplomatic fashion, the Pope won't be meeting with Canada's head of state, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, until halfway through the trip.

After the Pope delivered his apology, Gitxsan advocate Cindy Blackstock published "A Post Apology ‘To Do’ List," which includes eight items that need to be addressed.

Shortly after the Pope delivered his apology on Canadian soil for the Church’s role in residential schools on July 25, Cindy Blackstock published “A Post Apology ‘To Do’ List,” which calls on the Pope to commit a series of actions on behalf of the Catholic Church and the Holy See.. Blackstock’s list includes demands such as publicly revoking the 1493 Papal Bulls — which lead to the Doctrine of Discovery — returning Indigenous artifacts, including Indigenous teaching in church practices and ensuring transparency.. Cindy Blackstock on her “A Post Apology ‘To Do’ List” – Jul 31, 2022Blackstock said when she saw the Pope’s apology, she thought she had heard “the same type of apology given by the Canadian government”— an apology without “action, real reform and learning.”. While in Quebec City on July 28, Pope Francis also acknowledged sexual abuse inflicted on “minors and vulnerable people,” saying that the church in Canada is on a new path after being devastated by “the evil perpetrated by some of its sons and daughters.”. Pope Francis expresses ‘heartfelt pain’ at the ‘oppressive’ policies against Indigenous people in Canada – Jul 29, 2022However, some Indigenous advocates — including Murray Sinclair, who is a former senator and chair of the TRC — criticized the Pope for not fully acknowledging the systemic racism and violence in Catholic Church in his apology.. The Pope and the Church remain silent on the most problematic tenets of its belief system: that Indigenous peoples in Canada and around the world should not have the right to practice their own faith, culture and traditions,” Sinclair, who served as the chair of TRC from 2009 to 2015, wrote in a statement posted to Twitter.. According to Blackstock, the most important thing the Pope said was on his plane back to Rome on Friday, where he said the abuses Indigenous Peoples faced while being forced into the residential school system amounted to genocide.. And thus far, there has to be a whole reckoning of the church, not just the Catholic Church, but the other churches and the Canadian government,” said Blackstock.. According to the many TRC Calls to Action, governments should “repudiate concepts used to justify European sovereignty over Indigenous peoples and lands, such as the Doctrine of Discovery and terra nullius, and to reform those laws, government policies, and litigation strategies that continue to rely on such concepts.”. ‘The root of all evil’: Indigenous community pleads with Pope to rescind Doctrine of Discovery – Jul 28, 2022Steven Newcomb, a Shawnee-Lenape scholar and author, said ideas and arguments in the Vatican papal documents showed the patterns of colonization, domination and dehumanization of Indigenous peoples.. Under this doctrine, Christian Europeans would assert a right of domination over the Indigenous nations and peoples because Indigenous Peoples were not baptized — Christian Europeans claimed to have superior claim to the soil, said Newcomb.. He said the Pope did not take “institutional responsibility” of the harm done to Indigenous peoples; instead, the Pope recognized “the genocide happened” and that “the church played a role within this the delivery of residential schools.”. The Church needs to release reports and documents of sexual abuse, physical abuse within the church in the history of the church itself, he said.. Mohawks who had private audience with the Pope weigh in on visit and apology to residential school survivors – Aug 2, 2022Meanwhile, Blackstock said besides renouncing the 1493 Papal Bulls, the Church needs a “moral reckoning,” implementing measures that will hold those in power to account.. Her to-do list also asked the church to ensure its teachings and practices do not infringe on the human rights and dignity of all Indigenous Peoples, including “women, girls, LGBTQ2S+ people and gender diverse persons.”

'I humbly beg forgiveness': Pope Francis apologizes to Canada's Indigenous community

Pope Francis.. Cole Burston/Getty Images. Pope Francis on Monday apologized to Indigenous groups in Canada for the Catholic Church's involvement in the forced assimilation of native peoples into Christian society, a historic moment of atonement in what the religious leader has described as a "penitential pilgrimage.". "I humbly beg forgiveness for the evil committed by so many Christians against the Indigenous peoples," the pope said, speaking at the site of a former residential school in Maskwacis, Alberta.. "It is necessary to remember how the policies of assimilation and enfranchisement, which also included the residential school system, were devastating for the people of these lands," he continued .. The weeklong trip also comes as "the result of years of Indigenous requests for an official acknowledgment from the church," notes The Washington Post , calls for which intensified after hundreds of unmarked graves were uncovered near former schools last year.. A government-funded report described the system — which "forced Indigenous children from their parents" and led to decades of abuse — as one of cultural genocide, add the Post and the Journal .. Operating from the 19th century to the 1970s, the residential school system traumatized roughly 150,000 Indigenous children.. Conditions were horrible, and malnutrition, abuse, and death ran wild, reports The Associated Press .. Francis also hosted and apologized to an Indigenous delegation for the church's conduct within the schools back in April, though many argued his comments did not go far enough.. You may also like

Take a look at the itinerary.

Pope Francis is set to arrive in Canada on July 24, arriving back in Rome on July 30.. In Edmonton, Francis will meet with members of the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples, as well as with Indigenous Catholics at Sacred Heart parish .. In addition to the apology, Indigenous leaders plan to ask Pope Francis for the release of all records that relate to the residential schools and for the return of any Indigenous items from Canada that the Vatican may possess in its archives.. Pope Francis will be the second pope to visit Canada.. Though John Paul also visited Quebec City and Edmonton during his visits, no pope has ventured as far north in Canada as Francis will have when he touches down in Iqaluit.. The next day, July 25, the Pope will meet at 10am with members of the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples in the unincorporated community of Maskwacis, near Edmonton.. This will not be the first time the Pope has met with Canadian Indigenous people; in March, Pope Francis met with representatives of the Métis and Inuit Indigenous peoples, and with the Canadian Catholic bishops, both at the Vatican.. In Iqaluit, Pope Francis will meet at 4:45pm local time with students of the former residential schools of Canada.

Si Pih Ko was not reacting emotionally to the Pope’s apology, she says: she was rebuking him

Our land here, Canada.. WATCH | Si Pih Ko's message to the Pope:. She took a stand, said Hatt, 54.. Sixties Scoop survivor Brenda Hatt was one of many people who were deeply touched by Si Kih Po's message to the Pope.. A Twitter reaction to Si Pih Ko's song performed in Cree during Pope Francis's visit to Maskwacis.. Back in Edmonton, Brenda Hatt says the message is even more powerful now that she understands it.

OTTAWA — Pope Francis delivered a historic apology on Monday to survivors of Canada’s residential schools. The majority of those government-funded…

Pope Francis delivered a historic apology to survivors of the country's residential school system, the majority of which were operated by the Catholic Church.Photo by Nathan Denette /THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA — Pope Francis delivered a historic apology on Monday to survivors of Canada’s residential schools.. Murray Sinclair, who served as the chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, said the Pope’s apology “left a deep hole” by failing to recognize the role the church itself played in the residential school system and instead “placing blame on individual members.”. Cody Groat, a professor at Western University and member of Six Nations of the Grand River in southern Ontario, says Pope Francis’s earlier apology to an Indigenous delegation that travelled to see him in Rome was found lacking for a similar reason — placing blame on individuals rather than on the institution.. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, in its call for a papal apology, said it should address the Catholic Church’s role in the “spiritual, cultural, emotional, physical, and sexual abuse” of Indigenous children at residential schools.. Also absent from the pontiff’s apology was the word “genocide.” The commission concluded in its 2015 final report that Canada’s residential school system amounted to a “cultural genocide.”. One of the outstanding calls the Vatican and Catholic entities in Canada are facing is to release more documents related to the operation of residential schools, and to return Indigenous artifacts.. Evelyn Korkmaz, a residential school survivor who attended St. Anne’s residential school, noted the Pope’s apology didn’t mention anything about handing over of church-held documents, which she said are desperately needed.. The pontiff’s apology and visit to Canada comes as the Catholic Church is facing criticism over not fulfilling the financial commitments it has made to survivors.

Pope Francis has landed in Canada, beginning a fraught visit to apologize to Indigenous peoples for abuses by missionaries at residential schools.

Pope Francis began a historic visit to Canada on Sunday to apologize to Indigenous peoples for abuses by missionaries at residential schools, a key step in the Catholic Church’s efforts to reconcile with Native communities and help them heal from generations of trauma.. Francis kissed the hand of a residential school survivor as he was greeted at the Edmonton, Alberta, airport by Indigenous representatives, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mary Simon, an Inuk who is Canada’s first Indigenous governor general.. The gesture set the tone of what Francis has said is a “penitential pilgrimage” to atone for the role of Catholic missionaries in the forced assimilation of generations of Native children — a visit that has stirred mixed emotions across Canada as survivors and their families cope with the trauma of their losses and receive a long-sought papal apology.. Francis had no official events scheduled Sunday, giving him time to rest before his meeting Monday with survivors near the site of a former residential school in Maskwacis, where he is expected to pray at a cemetery and apologize.. At one point, Francis kissed the hand of residential school survivor Elder Alma Desjarlais of the Frog Lake First Nations as she was introduced to him.. Indigenous groups are seeking more than just words , though, as they press for access to church archives to learn the fate of children who never returned home from the residential schools.. Assembly of First Nations National Chief RoseAnne Archibald, one of the country’s most prominent Indigenous leaders, said several members of her family attended residential schools, including a sister who died at one in Ontario.. Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 2015 had called for a papal apology to be delivered on Canadian soil, but it was only after the 2021 discovery of the possible remains of around 200 children at the former Kamloops residential school in British Columbia that the Vatican mobilized to comply with the request.

He pinpoints the pivot to significant apologies coming in the aftermath of World War II, especially a declaration by Germany's Protestant churches that they failed to adequately oppose the Nazis.

While increasingly common, the ecclesial apology is a relatively modern phenomenon, said Jeremy Bergen, a church apology expert and professor of religious and theological studies at Conrad Grebel University College in Waterloo, Ontario.. The pope flew to Canada on Sunday to apologize for abuses Indigenous people suffered in the country’s state-funded residential Christian schools.. The 73-year-old is a survivor of a day school — part of a system that, like residential schools, aimed to assimilate Indigenous children.He appreciated the pope’s Rome apology, but “this is where all the atrocities happened,” Marty said.. “Marty, an elder at Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples in Edmonton, a Catholic parish in Alberta’s capital oriented toward Indigenous people and culture, said the pope’s visit offers “a tremendous opportunity for my own personal healing.” But George Pipestem, 79, a member of the Montana First Nation and a survivor of the Ermineskin Indian Residential School, questioned the relevance of a papal apology, just as he questioned apologies by Canadian prime ministers for the government’s role in the schools.. The following year, when John Paul sent his first-ever email, it was an apology for colonial-era abuses of Aboriginal peoples in Australia and the Pacific, as well as for the sexual abuse of children by Catholic clergy.His successor, Pope Benedict XVI, also apologized for clerical abuse, most significantly in a 2010 letter to Irish faithful.. That 2018 scandal was a turning point in the pope’s understanding of abuse, and he continued to apologize for it.Juan Carlos Cruz, who was abused by that priest, received both a church apology and a personal one from Francis.. I’ve received apologies from many people in the church that are as fake as you can imagine.”Francis has also apologized, in 2015 in Bolivia, for wrongs committed by the church against Indigenous peoples during the conquest of the Americas.. “That’s progress,” McKissic said, while cautioning that there is still room for “a lot of improvements” such as more diversity among leadership and seminary professors.This year SBC delegates also apologized for harm caused to church sexual abuse survivors.The United Church of Canada, the nation’s largest Protestant denomination, apologized more than 20 years ago for its role in operating 15 residential schools for Indigenous youths.

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