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Pope Francis apologized to Canada’s Indigenous communities on native land on Monday, as the Catholic Church seeks to make amends for its role in residential schools that separated Indigenous children from their families and stripped them of their culture, something he called a “deplorable evil” and a “disastrous error.”
Francis spoke at the site of two former residential schools in Maskwavix, Alberta. He also apologized for Christan support of the “colonizing mentality” of the times, and called for a “serious investigation” of the schools to assist survivors, reports Reuters.
“With shame and unambiguously, I humbly beg forgiveness for the evil committed by so many Christians against the indigenous peoples,” he told the crowd.
Francis, 85, is kicking off his apology tour after he promised the Indigenous delegation that visited him earlier this year at the Vatican that he would do so.
The Pope already officially apologized earlier this year in April.
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