The Holy Father’s visit to Canada is intended to help heal a wound in the Church’s relationship with the Inuit, First Nations and Métis people.
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Pope Francis gave rosaries to everyone, as well as a physical olive branch to the delegation as a whole.
This journey, Pope Francis noted, can help Indigenous peoples rediscover and revitalize their cultures, and the Catholic Church to grow in love and respect for their traditions.
Pope Francis will also meet with a First Nations delegation on Thursday, and on Friday he will address the three groups together.
Canadian Bishops: Pope Francis’ Upcoming Meeting With Indigenous Delegation Is a Step Toward Healing
Information about the individual delegates, as well as a finalized schedule, will be released in the coming weeks.
Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which evaluated the history of the schools, has estimated that 4,100 to 6,000 students died as a result of disease, injury, neglect, or abuse over the decades.
The papal meetings are scheduled Dec. 17-20.
From June 21 through June 26, four Catholic churches located on tribal lands in British Columbia burned to the ground.