The pope will visit Canada in July to meet with news of tribal rights that have survived boarding school survivors

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The Vatican has announced that Pope Francis will travel to Canada in late July as Roman Catholic Church leaders hope to meet locals who have survived so-called boarding schools.

The 85-year-old will travel to Edmonton, Quebec City and Ecuador on Friday, the Vatican said, adding that more details about the July 24-30 trip will be released in the coming weeks.

The announcement came last month after the pope apologized for abuses committed by church members against tribal children in boarding schools.

Addressing a delegation at the Vatican, Pope Francis said he was “saddened and ashamed” of the role of Catholics, who have inflicted so many injuries on local children in forcibly amalgamated institutions.

“I apologize to God for the insulting behavior of these members of the Catholic Church and I want to say with all my heart, forgive me. I have joined my brother, the Bishop of Canada, in apologizing to you, ”he said.

Between the late 1800s and 1990s, Canada required more than 150,000 Aboriginal, Inuit and Metis children to attend boarding schools. These children have lost their language and culture, are isolated from their siblings and are subjected to psychological, physical and sexual abuse.

Thousands are believed to have died while attending these institutions, most of which are run by the Roman Catholic Church. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), the federal committee investigating Canada’s boarding schools, concluded in 2015 that the system was a “cultural carnage.”

The discovery of unmarked graves in former boarding schools across Canada over the past year has sparked renewed calls for accountability – not even the slightest apology from the Catholic Church.

Tribal leaders welcomed the pope’s apology last month, but he called on them to go to Canada to apologize to tribal lands.

The Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, head of the Roman Catholic Church, said on Friday that providing “official and personal apology” to the survivors and their families was an important step towards promoting meaningful reconciliation between the indigenous peoples of our country.

Edmonton is home to the second-largest aboriginal population living in Canada’s urban centers and has about 25 boarding schools in Alberta, most likely in the Canadian province or territory, according to the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Edmonton Archbishop Richard Smith, who coordinated the pope’s visit on behalf of the Canadian bishops, said the pope would visit “and other important places” at the former boarding school.

Quebec is one of the oldest and most famous pilgrimage destinations in North America, including Saint-Anne-de-Beaupre, the capital of the Icaul Nunavut, on the vast island of Baffin, where many Inuit people live.

Bishop Raymond Poison said the Canadian bishops were “very grateful” that the Pope would come “to continue the journey of healing and reconciliation.”

Francis is expected to repeat his apologies to those who survived the school abuse and to the victim’s relatives.

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