Pope apologizes to native peoples – level 3
In Canada, Pope Francis gave an official apology to the indigenous people for the abuse that happened in church residential schools from the 1800s to the 1990s.
He explained that in his “penitential pilgrimage”, he asked for forgiveness and stated his sincere apology that colonist Christians oppressed the indigenous peoples.
He admitted that with the government’s support, the Christians destroyed cultures, forced assimilation, and created the residential schools to control the indigenous peoples and their children. He repeated that with shame and no ambiguity, he asked for forgiveness for the acts of evil.
Difficult words: indigenous (the native people, plants, or things of a place), penitential pilgrimage (a religious trip to accept punishment and to ask for forgiveness), assimilation (the act to change a group of people to be like another group of people).
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