(Vatican City) The Vatican announced on Wednesday that Pope Francis will visit Canada at an undecided date at the invitation of the Canadian Episcopal Conference, which has been slammed by abusive aboriginals in residential schools in the country.
“In the context of the long-running pastoral mission for reconciliation with the indigenous people, the Canadian Episcopal Conference has invited Holy Father Francis to visit the Apostolic See in Canada,” a Vatican statement said. .
The report concludes that Pope Francis “has shown his readiness to leave the country at a later date.”
One month ago, the Catholic Church in Canada apologized to the aboriginal people after more than a thousand graves were discovered near former residential schools in recent months. To the reconciliation process.
In all, more than a thousand anonymous graves were discovered this summer near former Catholic Indian boarding schools, shedding light on a darker side of Canadian history and the policy of compulsory integration of its first nations.
About 150,000 Native American, Medes and Inuit children were forcibly enrolled in 139 boarding schools across the country, where they were cut off from their families, language and culture.
Many of them have been mistreated or sexually abused, and more than 4,000 have died there, the commission of inquiry said, concluding that it was a genuine “cultural genocide.”