Pope Francis has previously shared his sorrow over the “shocking news” after the discovery of unmarked graves on the grounds of Church-run residential schools in Canada.

After an invitation by the Canadian Bishop’s Conference, Pope Francis said he was willing to “visit Canada on a pilgrimage of healing and reconciliation.”

“The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has invited the Holy Father to make an apostolic journey to Canada, also in the context of the long-standing pastoral process of reconciliation with indigenous peoples. His Holiness has indicated his willingness to visit the country on a date to be settled in due course.”

Earlier this year in June speaking at his Angelus address, Pope Francis committed to “a path of reconciliation and healing.”

“Pope Francis will encounter and listen to the Indigenous participants, so as to discern how he can support our common desire to renew relationships and walk together along the path of hope in the coming years. We pledge to work with the Holy See and our Indigenous partners on the possibility of a pastoral visit by the pope to Canada as part of this healing journey.”

He’s expected to make his visit to Canada in the coming months.

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