Wrapping up his Canadian visit, Francis said he repeatedly condemned the system that severed family ties and attempted to impose new cultural beliefs as “catastrophic” to generations of Indigenous peoples.
"I humbly beg forgiveness for the evil committed by so many Christians against the Indigenous peoples," Pope Francis has told Indigenous leaders from the First Nations, Metis and Inuit people.
Pope Francis began a fraught visit to Canada to apologise to Indigenous peoples for abuses by missionaries at residential schools, a key step in the Catholic Church’s efforts to reconcile with Native communities.
Pope Francis expressed his gratitude to Türkiye, which has been working for peace, said Ankara's Vatican Ambassador Lutfullah Goktas.
Pope Francis hoped to visit Canada in late July to deliver the apology in person to survivors of the “deplorable” abuses they suffered in Canada’s Catholic-run residential schools.
The principles section of the new constitution says "any member of the faithful can head a dicastery (Curia department) or organism", making no distinction between lay men and lay women.
President Jair Bolsonaro called the widespread destruction "like scenes of war" after his helicopter flyover, and Pope Francis sent a message of condolences to the community.
Over 700 organisations across the globe have urged the United Nations to establish an international treaty to address plastic pollution ahead of a bloc meeting.
The pontiff has given interviews to Italian and foreign media, but this was the first time that he answered questions on a talk show regularly followed by millions of viewers.
Pope Francis has expressed concern over "rising tensions" in Ukraine that threaten peace, and called for political talks that emphasise "human brotherhood instead of partisan interests."
During his first general audience of the New Year, the pontiff encouraged couples to embark on the challenges of parenthood.
The Hindu right has brazenly launched a multi-pronged attack, simultaneously targeting Christians, Muslims and other minorities along with anyone who speaks against the BJP regime.
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