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An Inuit delegation from Canada meets Pope Francis at the Vatican, March 28, 2022.

Itinerary released for Pope Francis' trip to Canada in late July

Jun 23, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

The Vatican has released the itinerary for Pope Francis’ visit to Canada, during which he will meet with representatives of... Read more

Pope Francis meets members of the First Nations at the Vatican on March 31, 2022.

Vatican confirms Pope Francis will visit 3 cities in Canada in July

May 13, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The pope will visit Edmonton, Quebec City, and Iqaluit on July 24-30. Read more

Members of the Manitoba Métis Federation meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican, April 21, 2022.

More Indigenous Canadians meet with Pope Francis, amid talk of papal visit

Apr 21, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

As the Catholic Church continues to engage Canada’s Indigenous people and questions of historical abuse, Pope Francis met with a... Read more

Pope Francis meets Canadian Indigenous leaders at the Vatican on April 1, 2022.

Pope Francis expresses ‘sorrow and shame’ for Catholic role in abuse against Indigenous peoples

Apr 1, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

“I want to say to you with all my heart: I am very sorry,” Pope Francis said. Read more

Pope Francis meets members of the First Nations at the Vatican on March 31, 2022.

Pope Francis to visit Indigenous peoples in Canada in July

Apr 1, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

“I will be happy to benefit again from meeting you by visiting your native lands, where your families live,” Pope... Read more

Representatives of the Métis Nation in Canada meet Pope Francis at the Vatican, March 28, 2022.

Pope Francis meets Canadian Indigenous leaders at the Vatican

Mar 28, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The pope spent a total of two hours with representatives of the Métis and Inuit peoples. Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter’s Square on October 12, 2016.

Pope Francis to meet Canadian Indigenous leaders and Catholic bishops next week

Mar 23, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The pope will meet with the Indigenous groups individually. Read more

Kamloops Indian Residential School, Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada

Canadian Indigenous leaders to meet with Pope Francis in March

Feb 1, 2022

By Christine Rousselle

Pope Francis will meet with a delegation from Canada the last week of March, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops,... Read more

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