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Why residential school survivors want an apology from the Pope

Residential school survivor Evelyn Korkmaz on why she’s calling on the Pope to apologize for the Catholic Church’s involvement in residential schools, and CBC reporter Jorge Barrera on the historical relationship between the two.
Pope Francis prays during the opening of a global child protection summit for reflections on the sex abuse crisis within the Catholic Church, on February 21, 2019 at the Vatican. - Pope Francis has set aside three and a half days to convince Catholic bishops to tackle paedophilia in a bid to contain a scandal which hit an already beleaguered Church again in 2018, from Chile to Germany and the United States. (Photo by Vincenzo PINTO / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images) (Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images)

An unprecedented summit on the sexual abuse of minors in the Catholic Church is taking place at the Vatican. For many victims, it's a chance to seek justice. That includes Evelyn Korkmaz, a residential school survivor calling on the Pope to apologize for the Church's involvement in residential schools. She tells host Jayme Poisson why and CBC reporter Jorge Barrera helps us understand the historical relationship between the Catholic Church and Canada's residential schools.

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