Actions and Commitments

Call to Action # 58: Church Apologies and Reconciliation (58-61)

Pope Francis agrees to meet Indigenous residential school survivors

July 1, 2021

The Guardian – Pope Francis has agreed to meet Indigenous survivors of Canada’s notorious residential schools in December, amid calls for a papal apology for the Catholic church’s role in the abuse and deaths of thousands of children. The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) said Francis had invited delegations to the Vatican and would meet three groups – First Nations, Métis and Inuit – separately before presiding over a final audience with all three.

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCAB) said the trip was contingent on developments in the pandemic and that the delegations would include survivors of the residential schools, Indigenous elders and youths, as well as Indigenous leaders and Canadian bishops.