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    Trudeau Hopes for Papal Apology Over Historical Abuses

    Confess and repent. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asked Pope Francis to formally apologize to Canada’s First Nations people on behalf of the Catholic Church over its religious “residential schools.” From the late 19th century, around 150,000 children — 30 percent of indigenous kids — were placed in government-funded, often church-administered schools designed to make them abandon native culture, in what a 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission report called “cultural genocide.” Many were also abused. Trudeau says Francis, who may visit Canada in 2018, seemed open to an apology.

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