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First Nations leader says Catholic bishops misused his words in letter about papal apology

A prominent First Nations leader says an organization representing Canadian Catholic bishops misused his words in a mass email to parliamentarians aimed at pushing back against a motion calling on the Pope to apologize for residential schools. Former Assembly of First Nations national chief Phil Fontaine​’s words were included in a letter sent to parliamentarians by the Canadian Conference of…

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Bishops push back on planned House of Commons motion seeking Papal apology for residential schools

The organization representing Catholic bishops in Canada is pushing back against a motion expected to be debated in the House of Commons this week calling on Pope Francis to apologize for residential schools. The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) sent a mass email to parliamentarians on Monday afternoon outlining what it believes to be “misunderstandings and…

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Residential school survivor pens open letter to Pope after pontiff's decision not to apologize

Bernice Daigneault is an educator, activist and residential school survivor from Meadow Lake, Sask. She wrote an open letter to Pope Francis on March 30 in response to the Catholic leader’s decision not to apologize for the church’s role in residential schools. Below is that letter in full.  Dear Mr. Jorge Mario Bergoglio (aka Pope Francis):…

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