Pope Francis calls abuse of children in Canadian church schools ‘genocide’

ISLAMABAD, July 31 (Alliance News): Catholic spiritual leader Pope Francis has warned that decades of abuse of schoolchildren in Canada amounted to “genocide” while also hinting at the need to curtail his return to Rome. gave

According to foreign media report, during his six-day visit to Canada this week, the 85-year-old Pope offered a historic apology to the First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, which for years has been directed at the head of the world’s 1.3 billion Catholic people. Was waiting for such acknowledgment from.

Speaking to reporters on the plane, Pope Francis used the word ‘genocide’ to describe decades of abuse and sexual exploitation of children in Canada.

“I didn’t say that word in Canada because that word didn’t come to my mind at the time,” he said, “I used that word deliberately to describe genocide in particular, and I He apologized for the act, which is actually genocide.

While Pope Francis’ unprecedented apology was welcomed across Canada, from western Alberta to Quebec and the far north, some victims said there is still a long way to go to restore trust. Something needs to be done.

Pope Francis, who travels mostly in a wheelchair because of knee pain, said that while he has done a lot of world travel, I don’t think I can do as many world trips at the same pace as I did in the past. I am

“I feel that at this age and with the knee pain I have to conserve my energy to serve the church or alternatively, consider the possibility of resigning,” he added.

This is not the first time Pope Francis has expressed such views, having previously said that if his health requires it, he may take guidance from the example of his predecessor, Benedict XVI, who in 2013 I resigned due to deteriorating physical and mental health.

‘committing a sin’
Pope Francis said during his visit on Friday that he apologized for the “sin, the evil” committed at 139 residential schools run by the Catholic Church across Canada, where nearly 100,000 children were educated from the late 1800s to the 1990s. 50 thousand children were sent.

“I want to tell you how sorry I am about this matter and want to apologize for this evil,” he said.

They said many were physically and sexually abused in schools and thousands of children are believed to have died from disease, malnutrition or neglect.

Regarding his knee pain, Pope Francis said that surgery is not an option, the whole problem is anesthesia, you cannot take anesthesia lightly.

“I’m trying to keep traveling, being close to people because I think being close to people is a way to serve,” he said.

The visit to Canada was Pope Francis’ 37th world trip since becoming pope in 2013.

In recent months, a visibly frail Pope Francis has found it increasingly difficult to travel and has canceled public events.


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