Pope Francis yesterday apologized “for the evil that so many Christians have done to the indigenous people” and for the “cooperation” and “indifference” of the Catholic Church, during his visit to the town of Maskavasis, where one of the largest boardings Schools in which the Canadian state organized the processes of “assimilation” of children of native peoples.
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“To you, with all my heart, that I am deeply offended: I apologize for the way in which, unfortunately, many Christians adopted the colonial mentality of the powers that oppressed indigenous peoples,” said Francis, representatives of Before the chief of the indigenous people and more than 2,000 people, including many of the victims of these boarding schools.
The pontiff traveled to Canada following an invitation from the natives to apologize for the mistreatments suffered at boarding schools managed by the Catholic Church, and where some 150,000 children were torn from their families, while it is estimated that more than 4,000 More people died from abuse and disease, most of whom were buried in mass graves without identification.
Francis said in Spanish, “I have come to tell you personally that I am hurt, to solicit God’s forgiveness, healing and reconciliation, to show you my closeness, to be with you and to pray for you.” For,” Francis said in Spanish, a request that was greeted by indigenous applause.
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He also hoped that their presence would help “work together, so that the sufferings of the past pave the way for a future of justice, healing and reconciliation”, before adding that the visit is not a point of arrival, but of departure. is of process.
The Pope, who prayed at the cemetery where many of the indigenous children who died at the Erminskn school were buried, explained that “it is necessary to remember how policies of assimilation and dissolution, including the system of residential schools, were disastrous.” was for the people of these lands.