By Rosalind Russell-
Pope hosts Mass, then visits shrine
Pope Francis says the Roman Catholic Church must accept institutional responsibility for its involvement in the residential school system, and the damage it caused to indigenous Canadians.
The pontiff prayed for healing from what he called the “terrible effects of colonization” during a
visit to Lac Sainte Anne in Alberta, a site of pilgrimage for indigenous peoples for centuries.
It marked the annual feast of Ste. Anne, the grandmother of Jesus, who is held in particular reverence by indigenous Catholics.
The pope heads to Quebec City later today, and will also visit Iqaluit before ending his visit to Canada.
Photo: Pope Francis arrives at Lac Ste. Anne, a shrine that is of importance to Indigenous peoples in Canada. Photos provided by Bishop Thomas Dowd of the Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie and used with permissions.