Pope Francis Says Church-Run Schools for Indigenous Children in Canada Practiced Genocide

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT—Pope Francis has said Canada’s historic system of residential schools for Indigenous children, many run by Catholic organizations, amounted to a form of genocide.

“Abducting children and changing their culture, changing their way of thinking, changing their traditions and changing a race, let’s say, an entire culture… That’s right, it was genocide,” the pope told reporters who accompanied him on his flight to Rome on Friday evening. after six days in Canada.


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