The pope follows news from Canada about the discovery of the remains of 215 students at the Kamloops Indian Residential School in the province of British Columbia, and joins “Canadian bishops and the entire Catholic Church in Canada”. Expresses “closeness to the Canadian people panicked by the shocking news.” “The tragic discovery raises awareness of the pain and suffering of the past. May the political and religious authorities cooperate with the determination to humbly dedicate themselves to shed light on that tragic story and to the path of reconciliation and healing.” “These difficult moments – as Pope Francis said after the reading of Angels in St. Peter’s Square – represent a strong call for all of us to stay away from the colonial model and today’s theoretical colonialism. “Let us entrust the Lord – Pontiff, the soul of all children who have died in residential schools in Canada,” he said. “Let us pray silently,” he addressed the faithful.
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