Pope remembers dead children from mass graves in Canada

Pope remembers dead children from mass graves in Canada

6th June 2021, 2:25 pm.

Rome (dpa) The bodies were discovered at the site of a decades-long re-education camp for indigenous peoples run by the Catholic Church. Francis said the Enlightenment is being worked on.

I got scary news from Canada, said Pope Francis in Rome. (collection image).

After the discovery of a mass grave with the corpses of 215 children on the site of a former boarding school for indigenous peoples in Canada run by the Catholic Church for decades, Pope Francis thought of the victims.

“I got scary news from Canada,” the head of the Catholic Church said after the traditional Angelus prayer in front of several believers in St Peter’s Square in Rome. He united with the bishops to express his closeness to the Canadian people.

The discovery added increased certainty about past pain, the 84-year-old said. The work to shed light on the matter will continue. He called on people to move away from the ideological model of colonialism and recognize the rights of all Canadian sons and daughters.

Some children were only three years old

In a mass grave near the town of Kamloops, British Columbia, the remains of 215 children were found. The grave was on the grounds of Kamloops Residential School, a type of re-education camp for the children of Native Canadian children, which operated under the direction of the Catholic Church between 1890 and 1978 until 1969.

It is not yet known when and by whom the children died. Some of them were only three years old.

UN human rights experts have asked the Canadian government and the Vatican to provide comprehensive information. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Indigenous officials called on the Catholic Church to take responsibility for its role in running these schools.

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