Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has asked Pope Francis to apologise for the role of the Catholic Church in a Canadian school system where indigenous children were abused for decades.
The PM met the pontiff at the Vatican on Monday as part of his trip to Italy for the G7 summit.
The residential schools were set up from the 1880s to take children from their families and assimilate them into mainstream Canadian society.
The last one closed in 1996.
“I told him how important it is for Canadians to move forward on real reconciliation with the indigenous peoples and I highlighted how he could help by issuing an apology,” Mr Trudeau told reporters after meeting the pope.
He said he had invited the pontiff to make the apology in Canada.
Some 150,000 aboriginal children were forcibly removed from their families, and sent to live in church-run boarding schools where…
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