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Amemorial in Ottawa, Canada, in tribute to 215 indigenous children whose remains were found in unmarked graves at the site of a former residential school in Kamloops, June 1, 2021.

Canadian Indigenous leaders' trip to Vatican delayed by Omicron variant concerns

Dec 7, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

The scheduled meeting between Pope Francis and a delegation from Canada has been delayed to 2022, the Canadian Conference of... Read more

Memorial in Ottawa, Canada, in tribute to 215 Indigenous children whose remains were found in unmarked graves at the site of a former residential School in Kamloops, June 1, 2021.

Pope Francis' upcoming meeting with Indigenous delegation a step toward healing, Canadian bishops say

Nov 10, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

A delegation to include 25 to 30 representatives from Canada's Indigenous populations and a small number of bishops is scheduled... Read more

Pope Francis gives an Angelus address, Oct. 24, 2021.

Canada's bishops hope papal visit will aid 'reconciliation and healing'

Oct 27, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

Catholic, secular, and tribal leaders throughout Canada reacted with mixed emotions to the news that Pope Francis would likely be... Read more

Pope Francis at the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square June 17, 2015.

Pope Francis to visit Canada in 'pilgrimage of healing and reconciliation' with Indigenous peoples

Oct 27, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The potential visit by Pope Francis would be the first papal trip to Canada in nearly 20 years. Read more

Photograph of a bronze statue of Saint Father Junipero Serra in the Gardens of the Carmel Mission Basilica in Carmel, California

Los Angeles renames Father Junipero Serra Park, despite Catholic praise for sainted missionary

Oct 16, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

While Catholic leaders have made strong defenses of St. Junipero Serra after a wave of vandalism and crime targeted Catholic... Read more

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Indigenous 'expert' who advised book burnings at Catholic schools in Canada draws scrutiny

Oct 6, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

A Catholic school district in Canada that decided to burn 30 library books about indigenous people and remove some 4,700... Read more

The former Kamloops Indian Residential School

Church in Canada pledges funds for healing, reconciliation after residential schools

Sep 27, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

The Canadian bishops are aiming to raise $30 million (USD 23.8m) over the next five years to support the Indigenous... Read more

St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Kamloops, Canada, in February 2015. Credit: Alan Levine via Flickr (CC BY 2.0).

Canada's bishops apologize for abuses at residential schools

Sep 24, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

The Catholic bishops of Canada issued a formal apology to the Indigenous population of the country for the abuses of... Read more

A Squamish Nation canoe approaching Bella Bella, Canada, June 27, 1993. Credit: UN Photo/John Isaac.

'Contrite hearts' and concrete action: Catholics react to the legacy of Canada's residential schools

Aug 11, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

Catholic leaders, including a First Nations deacon, reflect on the shocking legacy of Canada’s residential schools run by Catholic and... Read more

The former Kamloops Indian Residential School

Despite millions in Catholic residential schools reparations, critics seek to end church tax exemptions

Aug 9, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

Catholic entities had committed tens of millions of dollars in legal settlements for their involvement in the Canadian government’s historic... Read more

The former Kamloops Indian Residential School

Oblates of Mary apologize for 'deafness' in response to reports of graves at indigenous schools 

Jul 13, 2021

By CNA Staff

The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate had significant responsibility for operating residential schools for Canada’s First Nations and other indigenous... Read more

The former Kuper Island Indian Residential School, 1941

First Nations leaders announce more than 160 unmarked graves found at former Catholic-run residential school

Jul 13, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

A Canadian First Nations tribe last week announced an estimated 160 unmarked graves were found at the site of a... Read more

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Berlin, February 2017.

Petition urges Canadian PM not to slander Catholic Church over residential schools

Jul 9, 2021

By CNA Staff

More than 4,000 people have signed a petition requesting that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau cease blaming the Catholic Church... Read more

Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City (Left) and Bishop James Wall of Gallup, head of the Subcommittee on Native American Affairs under the USCCB Standing Committee for Cultural Diversity, (Right) at the 2019 USCCB General Assembly, June 12, 2019.

USCCB looks to assist federal investigation of boarding schools for indigenous

Jul 8, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

The U.S. bishops’ conference has volunteered to assist a new federal investigation of the history of boarding schools for Native... Read more

St. Jean Baptiste Catholic Church in Morinville, Alberta, before it burned down on June 30, 2021.

Canadian Indigenous leaders call for end of targeting of churches

Jul 7, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

Canadian Indigenous leaders and residential school survivors have called for suspected arson attacks on churches to stop.  Read more

Holy Rosary Cathedral in Regina, Canada. Credit: Grahampurse via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 4.0).

Bishops in Saskatchewan propose fundraising appeal for residential school survivors

Jul 6, 2021

The bishops in Saskatchewan on Saturday announced plans for a fundraising effort across the province to support survivors of residential... Read more

Fire destroys St. Jean Baptiste parish, Morinville, Alberta

Indigenous leader in Canada cautions against arsons at churches

Jul 1, 2021

By CNA Staff

A First Nations leader in Alberta released a video plea on Wednesday decrying recent “suspicious” fires at Catholic churches throughout... Read more

The flag of Canada. Credit: Jiri Flogel/Shutterstock.

More unmarked graves discovered in Canada as church vandalism continues

Jul 1, 2021

The discovery of 182 additional undocumented graves outside a former residential school in Canada has heightened calls to boycott Canada... Read more

Cupola of St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City

Canadian bishops, Indigenous leaders will meet with pope in December

Jun 29, 2021

Some Canadian bishops, along with Indigenous leaders, will meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican in December 2021, according to... Read more

One of the five Canadian Catholic churches that burned in a week: Sacred Heart Mission Church, Pentincton, British Columbia

Indigenous leaders condemn recent vandalism of churches in Canada

Jun 29, 2021

By Christine Rousselle, Joe Bukuras

Indigenous and Catholic leaders have condemned a recent spate of church vandalism in Canada, along with five Catholic churches having... Read more