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Trudeau to ask Pope to apologize over residential schools

The Canadian Press
OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to ask Pope Francis to issue a formal apology for the role of the Catholic Church in the residential school system.

Trudeau is expected to raise the issue during a one-on-one meeting with the Pope when he visits Vatican City on May 29, during his trip to Europe for the NATO and G7 summits.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission included a demand for a formal apology from the Pope to residential school survivors among the 94 recommendations in its report on the dark chapter in Canadian history.

The report said the apology should be delivered on Canadian soil.

Trudeau, who has promised to act on all 94 recommendations, has previously promised to speak to the Pope about an apology, but noted he could not compel him to agree.

The Vatican issued a statement from the previous pope, Benedict XVI in 2009, expressing sorrow for the treatment of Indigenous children in residential schools.

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16 Responses to “Trudeau to ask Pope to apologize over residential schools”

    Andre Leonard May 25, 2017 at 1:02 pm #

    “The Vatican issued a statement from the previous pope, Benedict XVI in 2009, expressing sorrow for the treatment of Indigenous children in residential schools.”

    This churches track record and legacy of sexual exploitation of young boys and girls is both disgusting and amazing. I talk to Native elders today who still tear up when recounting the abuse they suffered at the hands of the churches pedophiles. Sadly they are tormented still by what occurred then.

    Mair May 20, 2017 at 2:11 pm #

    Some people just completely miss the point.

    Tinoy May 20, 2017 at 6:44 am #

    How about stop hiding pedophiles and expose the nuns, priest, janitors ect who sexually, emotionally, physically abused my parents and my relatives. Some of these scum bags are still alive and the church protects them. A simple sorry won’t suffice especially from a man who really had nothing to do about it. How about an apology from trudeaus father for allowing it too happen under his term. Let’s not forget his father was no friend of the native people

    stu May 20, 2017 at 2:10 am #

    Why this self-titled pedophile church has not been banned for its hundreds of years of child abuse is a mystery. When an organization rapes tens of thousands of children, and continues to cover it up, it should dissolved, its treasures sold and the money given back to the people from whence it was stolen and its thousands of criminal “priests” should be jailed. Why hasn’t this happened?

    david hoyt May 20, 2017 at 2:10 am #

    The prime minister of Canada a should dignity breaking promises two Native broke treatise treatise and should be ashamed

    Betty May 19, 2017 at 9:57 pm #

    How many times is this going to be addressed? How many Popes need to apologize? They themselves played no part, are there any priests still alive, so all they can do is say ‘on behalf of..’
    Don’t condemn all Catholics for what some did, and still cry racism. That’s calling the kettle….

      stu May 20, 2017 at 2:13 am #

      Thousands of priests abused tens of thousands of children for at least two hundred years. 1857 is the first recorded child abuse case, btw.

      survivors May 20, 2017 at 2:55 am #

      Until a formal apology is made and reconciliation is met thru healing. They are calling rape, abuse, genocide and theft by the pedafile priest s protected by the Vatican and also the US and Canadian governments

      Tinoy May 20, 2017 at 6:33 am #

      My parents were in a residential school in mission British Columbia I’m 26 let that sink in

      Kate May 20, 2017 at 8:44 am #

      No Pope has ever apologized for the Catholic Church’s involvement in the Residental School system. There was an admission of sympathy by the previous Pope but hesitated giving an official apology. Every single Church and entity involved in Residental School system had made a formal apology except for the Catholic Church.

    Floyd May 19, 2017 at 9:43 pm #

    It is litte late most of them past on

    Floyd May 19, 2017 at 9:40 pm #

    It is litter late most of them past on

    Whiteskycloud May 19, 2017 at 9:32 pm #

    Whats he gonna do to change up the apology…if Ex-
    Prime Minister Harper said he didn’t care about our past issues ..why would it make a difference…you tell me…

    randy May 19, 2017 at 8:46 pm #

    How about a thousand dollars to every first nation person with a status card….from the vatican not the goverment of canada.

    tom duncan May 19, 2017 at 7:36 pm #

    Junior has broken most of his promises to us. I’m guessing this will be 1 more.

    Paul May 19, 2017 at 7:13 pm #

    Thank you,a little late but thankyou