Pope Francis to Listen to Canadian Indigenous Before Addressing Group

In three separate meetings March 28 and March 31, Pope Francis will listen to the experiences of representatives of Canada’s Indigenous communities, experiences that include being sent as children to residential schools operated by Catholic dioceses and religious orders.

Canadian Indigenous Give Pope Francis Moccasins, Ask Him to Walk With Them

Members of the Métis National Council gave Pope Francis a set of beaded moccasins and asked him to walk with them on the path of truth, justice and healing of Canada’s Indigenous communities and their relationship with the Catholic Church, said Cassidy Caron, president of the council.

‘Listening Circles’ Promote Encounters With Indigenous at Parish Level

Beginning March 28, residential school survivors, Indigenous elders and youth will meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican as a prelude to a papal trip to Canada. The Indigenous want an apology, on Canadian soil, for historic abuses they suffered at government-owned residential schools, many of which were run by the Catholic Church.

COVID Restriction Protests Affecting Church in Canada

When protestors first clogged the streets of Ottawa, Canada with heavy trucks about three weeks ago, Msgr. Kevin Beach had to cancel a funeral — because the hearse couldn’t get in front of St. Peter Basilica.

Bishops Support Investigation of Former U.S. Residential Schools

In response to a late June announcement, the United States will be conducting an investigation of former federally funded boarding schools to search for graves of Native American children, a spokesperson for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said June 28 the bishops will “look for ways to be of assistance.”