A child’s red dress hangs on a stake near the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School June 6, 2021. The remains of 215 children, some as young as 3 years old, were found at the site in May in Kamloops, British Columbia. Pope Francis expressed his sorrow at the discovery of the remains at the school, which was run from 1890-1969 by the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. (CNS photo/Jennifer Gauthier, Reuters)
On Sunday, June 6, Pope Francis said at his weekly Angelus address: “I follow with pain the news coming from Canada about the shocking discovery of the remains of 215 children.”
He was referring to the May 27 announcement by the chief of Canada’s Tk’emlups te Secwepemc First Nation that the remains of 215 children had been found in a mass grave at the long-closed Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia.