Vatican City, Mar 28, 2022 / 10:40 am
Pope Francis met with representatives of the Métis and Inuit indigenous peoples and the Canadian Catholic bishops during two hour-long encounters at the Vatican on Monday.
The meetings were part of a week-long visit of Canadian indigenous leaders to the Vatican, first organized for 2020, and then rescheduled in the wake of outrage in 2021 over the reported discovery of unmarked graves at the site of former residential schools in Canada.
Pope Francis will also meet with a First Nations delegation on Thursday, and on Friday he will address the three groups together.
Members of the Métis and Inuit peoples told journalists on March 28 that an apology from Pope Francis in Canada for the abuses committed at Catholic-run residential schools would be very meaningful.