Benedict XVI, first pope to resign in 600 years, dies at 95

Dec 31, 2022 | 5:53am

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, the shy German theologian who tried to reawaken Christianity in a secularized Europe but will forever be remembered as the first pontiff in 600 years to resign from the job, died Saturday. He was 95. Pope Francis will celebrate his funeral Mass in St. Peter’s Square on Thursday, an […]

Pope Francis travels to Quebec City for final days of Indigenous reconciliation visit

Jul 27, 2022 | 9:42am

A plane carrying Pope Francis left Edmonton on Wednesday morning heading to Quebec City to begin the next leg of what he has described as his “penitential” journey in Canada. The pontiff is scheduled to have separate meetings with Gov. Gen. Mary Simon and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the Citadelle of Québec, then give […]

Pope sorry for forced assimilation of Indigenous people

Jul 25, 2022 | 1:20pm

Pope Francis says he is sorry for the Roman Catholic Church’s role in the cultural destruction and forced assimilation of Indigenous people, which culminated in residential schools. Tears streamed down the faces of elders and survivors as Francis apologized Monday in Maskwacis, Alta., south of Edmonton, after visiting the site of the former Ermineskin Indian Residential […]

Pope set for historic apology for school abuses in Canada

Jul 25, 2022 | 9:16am

Thousands of Indigenous people converged Monday on the small Alberta prairie community of Maskwacis to hear a long-awaited apology from Pope Francis for generations of abuse and cultural suppression at Catholic residential schools across Canada. Francis was scheduled to arrive in mid-morning at the site of the former Ermineskin Indian Residential School, now largely torn down. […]

FSIN Wants Pope to Return Moccasins to Residential School Steps

Apr 26, 2022 | 12:54pm

This summer, Pope Francis will be coming to Canada after meeting one on one with First Nations leaders at the Vatican, in Rome. Before the delegation left Rome, they gifted Pope Francis a pair of baby moccasins.  The intention is the Pontiff will return them to the steps of a residential school in Saskatchewan when […]