OTTAWA – Pope Francis is committed to contributing to the process of reconciliation with Canada’s Indigenous peoples, said the Vatican’s representative to Canada.

Addressing the issue for the first time since the Canadian bishops indicated in March that a papal visit was not imminent, Archbishop Luigi Bonazzi acknowledged a “lively discussion” had taken place concerning a papal apology on Canadian soil for the Church’s involvement in the residential schools. 
He then told a June 29 reception which he hosted for diplomats, Church leaders and politicians that, despite media accounts suggesting the Pope would not “be available to listen to the request made by