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World Pope apologizes to victims of sexual abuse committed by Canadian Catholic Church

09:41  29 july  2022
09:41  29 july  2022 Source:   news360.es

Pope to visit Canada on 'penitential pilgrimage'

  Pope to visit Canada on 'penitential pilgrimage' Pope Francis departs Sunday for a historic six-day visit to Canada where he is expected to ask forgiveness of Indigenous survivors of abuse committed at residential schools run by the Catholic Church. The discovery since last year of hundreds of remains of Indigenous children in unmarked graves on the site of state schools administered by the Catholic Church has forced Canada to confront its failed policy of forced assimilation. © Cole Burston Hundreds of Indigenous children have been found in unmarked graves on the sites of state residential schools administered by the Catholic Church.

The Pope said Thursday during his fourth day in Canada that the Catholic Church in the country has been "wounded by the evil perpetrated by some of its sons and daughters," and asked forgiveness from the victims of sexual abuse committed in the country by the ecclesiastical institution.

Pope Francis leaves the Cathedral-Basilica of Notre-Dame de Quebec, in Quebec City, after presiding over an evening prayer service during his papal visit to Canada, Thursday, J - NATHAN DENETTE / ZUMA PRESS / CONTACTOPHOTO © Provided by News 360 Pope Francis leaves the Cathedral-Basilica of Notre-Dame de Quebec, in Quebec City, after presiding over an evening prayer service during his papal visit to Canada, Thursday, J - NATHAN DENETTE / ZUMA PRESS / CONTACTOPHOTO

During a Mass celebrated in the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Québec, in the southeast of the country, the pontiff said that the Catholic Church in Canada is on a new path after having been wounded by some of its members.

The Pope's 'pilgrimage of penance' to Canada

  The Pope's 'pilgrimage of penance' to Canada Pope Francis will meet with indigenous communities to apologise for the church's role in residential schools.Pope Francis, 85, has called the visit a "pilgrimage of penance", and has said he hopes it will help heal the wrongs done to indigenous people in Canada by the Roman Catholic Church.

"I am thinking in particular of the sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable people, scandals that require firm action and an irreversible commitment," Francis said in statements reported by 'The Globe and Mail'.

"In these moments, we can do little more than cling to our sense of failure and ask: What happened? Why did it happen? How could it happen?" said the Pope, who admitted that such questions are asked "with deep pain."

In this regard, Francis has forgiven all victims of sexual abuse committed within the Catholic Church in Canada.

"Together with you, I would like once again to ask forgiveness from all the victims. The pain and shame that we feel must become an occasion for conversion: Never again!", said the pontiff, who stressed that the Christian community "can never again allow itself to be infected by the idea that it is legitimate to use forms of coercion against others", reported 'Vatican News'.

Pope Francis Headed to Canada to Apologize for Dead Kids Buried in Mass Graves

  Pope Francis Headed to Canada to Apologize for Dead Kids Buried in Mass Graves ROME—Pope Francis will arrive in Canada on Sunday to ask for atonement for the hasty burial of hundreds of Indigenous children—as young as 3—who died in the Catholic Church’s care from the 19th century to the 1970s. The trip is a product of the 2021 discovery of an unmarked grave containing the remains of some 215 Indigenous children who died in a Catholic residential school in Kamloops, British Columbia. Around 150,000 Indigenous children were taken from families to be “retrained” in Christian beliefs in the 19th century in a practice that carried on for decades.

Hours earlier, the Pope celebrated Mass at the National Shrine of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, in which the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, also participated.

There, a group of indigenous people displayed a banner that read: "Rescind the doctrine". In this way, they asked the Pope to issue a new declaration of the Catholic Church on the Doctrine of Discovery, organizers of the papal visit told the CBC network.

The pontiff has asked the indigenous people for forgiveness because the Church ran nearly half of the 139 residential schools where they suffered all kinds of abuse. Even so, before the Mass, a group of indigenous people unfurled a banner in which they asked the Pope in French "to rescind the Doctrine", in reference to the so-called "Doctrine of Discovery", a series of papal bulls in the 14th century blessing colonization and land appropriation.

Indigenous people have been expressing a mixture of hope and skepticism about the pope's visit, and some said Thursday that they want to hear about the actions that will follow the pontiff's historic apology.

Did the Pope's apology in Canada go far enough? .
Pope Francis has faced criticism in Canada that he has not done enough to repair the harms of the past.But throughout this visit, the Pope faced criticism that he did not do more to fulfil other demands and to take more tangible steps to make amends for the Catholic Church's role in the oppression, mistreatment and cultural genocide of indigenous people in Canada.

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