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Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau asks Pope Francis to apologise to indigenous people over church's abuses

Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada has asked Pope Francis to apologise for the role the Catholic Church played in the decades-long abuse of aboriginal children in the schools it governed.
In the late 19th century about 150,000 children of Canada's native people were placed in residential schools in a government attempt to strip them of their traditional cultures and ancestral languages.
Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission said in a 2015 report that the institutions which were government-funded, were administered by Christian churches which predominantly consisted of the Roman Catholic tradition. 

The tradition which kept children from the First Nations, Inuit and M├ętis peoples far from their parents, amounted to 'cultural genocide'

According to the report, many children were physically and sexually abused in the institutions.

The Canadian Prime Minister on Monday met with the pontiff at the Vatican as part of his visit to Italy for the G7 summit in Taormina over the weekend. 

He told the Pope Francis to come to Canada to apologise as it was important he tenders an apology to help make genuine progress on resolution and reconciliation with the Aboriginal population in Canada.
'I told him how important it is for Canadians to move forward on real reconciliation with the indigenous peoples and I highlighted how he could help by issuing an apology,” Mr. Trudeau told reporters after meeting Pope Francis

6 comments:

Morlan said...

how does that help their lot in canada? i am sure the aboriginal population must have moved on. the catholic church has committed so much atrocities that it would take centuries to apologize for what they did.

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Anonymous said...

The Pope is like saying 'me? '.

Emeka Izuogu said...

Let's see if the apology happens

Michael Stringz said...

If someone apologises, does it mean they are really sorry?

Vivian Reginalds said...

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Anonymous said...

Saying sorry is an acknowledgement. It doesn't matter if you mean it or not, for the person you say it to, it tells them that the pain and suffering they went through its significant enough to you to acknowledge.

In a sense, sorry it's a binding contract to say such will not happen again, if you can help it.

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