Sask. bishops discuss residential schools with Pope Francis

CBC News

By Jason Warick, CBC News Posted: Mar 30, 2017

Residential schools and a possible papal visit to Saskatchewan were among the topics raised during a two-and-a-half hour meeting between Pope Francis and Western Canadian bishops this week.

It was the group’s first audience in more than a decade with the leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.

“We talked about our relationship with our Indigenous peoples in a significant way,” Regina Archbishop Don Bolen said in an interview from the Vatican.

“You could see [Francis] was visibly attentive to the pain and challenges of Indigenous people.”

Roughly two dozen Roman Catholic and Ukrainian Greek Catholic bishops from Western Canada met with Francis as part of a Vatican visit known as “ad limina apostolorum” (meaning “to the threshold of the basilicas of the Apostles”).

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