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Pope apologises to Canada's First Nations peoples

Francis asks forgiveness for evils of residential school system

(ANSA) - ROME, JUL 26 - Pope Francis addresses representatives of the Indigenous Peoples of the First Nations in the first public event ofhis visit to Canada and apologized for the evils committed by many Christians by imposing forced assimilation in the residential school system.
    The Argentine pontiff said he was "deeply sorry" for "the ways in which, regrettably, many Christians supported the colonizing mentality of the powers that oppressed the indigenous peoples".
    He asked forgiveness "for the ways in which many members of the Church and of religious communities cooperated in projects of cultural destruction and forced assimilation". (ANSA).


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