Pope to visit Canada in July, apologize for boarding school

Pope Francis will visit Canada from July 24 to 30, the Vatican said.

The Vatican said in a statement that the Pope would visit Edmonton, Quebec and Iqaluit.

The Pope is currently in a wheelchair due to knee pain. He postponed a trip to Lebanon, scheduled for next month, to seek treatment.

He still plans to visit South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo in early July.

Delegations from several indigenous countries visited the Pope in April and accepted the Pope’s apology for the role of the Roman Catholic Church in Canada’s boarding schools.

About 150,000 children have been evicted from their homes. Many suffered what the Truth and Reconciliation Commission called “cultural genocide” in 2015: abuse, rape and malnutrition.

The stated goal of the school, which operated between 1831 and 1996, was to assimilate indigenous children. They were run by Christian sects on behalf of the government, mostly Catholic churches.

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