Vatican City, Aug 3, 2022 / 03:05 am
Pope Francis said Wednesday that Canada is in the process of “writing a new page” in the relationship between the Catholic Church and indigenous peoples.
Speaking during his general audience in Vatican City on Aug. 3, the pope said that his pastoral visit to Canada last week was “a different journey” from the other 36 international trips of his pontificate.
“There were many joyful moments, but the sense and tone, on the whole, was one of reflection, repentance, and reconciliation,” he reflected.
The pope told the crowd that his main motivation for the July 24-29 trip to Edmonton, Québec, and Iqaluit was to be close to the indigenous peoples and "to ask for forgiveness … for the harm done to them by those Christians, including many Catholics, who in the past collaborated in the forced assimilation and enfranchisement policies of the governments of the time.”