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OTTAWA–The Vatican embassy in Ottawa says it will send the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s report to Rome.
A spokesperson at the embassy did not have an immediate comment about the recommendations aimed at the Church including a call for Pope Francis to come to Canada to issue an apology to “survivors.”
The TRC report said the apology should be “for the Roman Catholic Church’s role in the spiritual, cultural, emotional, physical, and sexual abuse of First Nations, Inuit, and Metis children in Catholic-run residential schools.”
The report is calling for the Pope to issue an apology “similar to the 2010 apology issued to Irish victims of abuse and to occur within one year of the issuing of this report.”
In the report released Tuesday, the three TRC Commissioners aimed a number recommendations at churches in Canada that had ties to residential schools.
The TRC is asking that churches that are party to the settlement agreement develop educational strategies to ensure their congregations understand the church’s role in residential schools and that churches change their curriculum for young clergy to be taught about the history of the schools.