Pope’s Canada Visit Highlights Complex Relationship Between Catholicism and Indigenous Cultures

EDMONTON, Canada—Pope FrancisHis visit to Canada, which he has described as a penitential pilgrimage, is scheduled to take a more solemn turn Tuesday when he says mass at an Edmonton soccer stadium before attending a traditional lakeside ceremony with Indigenous Catholics.

Although the organizers of the papal visit and the pope himself have made it clear that his purpose is to apologize for the role of Catholics in what Francis called government-sponsored “projects of cultural destruction and forced assimilation,” his public appearances on its second full day in The Country will highlight a more harmonious legacy of the Church’s relationship with Indigenous Canadians.

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