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 will also meet with a First Nations delegation on Thursday, and on Friday he will address the three groups together.
Pope Francis expressed sorrow at the discovery of Indigenous children’s graves in an Angelus address in June, but did not issue a formal apology.
Spokesperson Chieko Noguchi said she hopes the information will “bring some measure of peace to the victims and a heightened awareness so that this disturbing history is never repeated.”
The discovery of 182 additional undocumented graves outside a former residential school has occurred.
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.
“We offer our condolences but we know that this is not enough and our words must move to concrete action,” the bishops said in a joint statement on Thursday.