Pope Francis visits Canada to apologize for Indigenous abuse in Catholic schools

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Pope Francis is expected to arrive in Canada on Sunday to apologize for historic abuses inflicted on Indigenous children by leaders of Catholic residential schools.

He is due to land in Alberta around 11:20 a.m. to launch what he calls a “penitential pilgrimage.” Francis will make two more stops in Canada, also visiting Quebec and Iqaluit.

Free tickets to the event were claimed soon after they became available, according to the trip organizer, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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Pope Francis will land in Alberta on Sunday morning to launch what he calls a "penitential pilgrimage."
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Pope Francis will land in Alberta on Sunday morning to launch what he calls a “penitential pilgrimage.”
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Thousands of tickets were reserved for Indigenous residential school survivors. Indigenous leaders at Treaty 6, the place Francis is visiting in Alberta, said they were inundated with requests from survivors who want to attend the event.

Over 150,000 Aboriginal children were separated from their families and taken to residential schools between 1881 and 1996. A number of children were reportedly starved, beaten, and sexually abused.

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Pope Francis will make three stops in Canada, visiting Alberta, Quebec and Iqaluit.

Pope Francis will make three stops in Canada, visiting Alberta, Quebec and Iqaluit.
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Canadian leaders have been aware of the number of children dying in schools since 1907, but the incidents drew more attention after the discovery last year of what appeared to be unmarked graves in or near former boarding schools.

Pope Francis then apologized for the role played by the Catholic Church in schools earlier this year when indigenous delegates visited the Vatican before traveling to Canada.

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Over 150,000 Aboriginal children were separated from their families and taken to residential schools between 1881 and 1996, and a number of these children were reportedly starved, beaten, and sexually abused.

Over 150,000 Aboriginal children were separated from their families and taken to residential schools between 1881 and 1996, and a number of these children were reportedly starved, beaten, and sexually abused.
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But some survivors and Indigenous leaders say an apology is not enough.

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Demands have been made for financial compensation, the return of native artifacts, the release of school records, support for the extradition of an accused abuser, and the repeal of a 15th-century doctrine that upheld colonial dispossession of indigenous peoples by papal bull or edict. .

Reuters contributed to this report.

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