Pope apologizes in Canada for 'evil' of residential indigenous schools

Pope Francis on Monday made good on a promise to apologize to Canada's native people in their homeland for the Church's role in schools where indigenous children were abused, branding forced cultural assimilation "evil" and a "disastrous error."

Speaking near the site of a former school, Francis apologized for Christian support of the "colonizing mentality" of the times. He called for a "serious investigation" of the so-called residential schools and more assistance to help survivors and descendants heal.

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