Pope Francis meets with Canadian Prime Minister

Trudeau at G7 summit

Trudeau at G7 summit

Many residential schools were run by Catholic churches, although other religious denominations also had a role.

The Canadian leader said Francis had reminded him that the pope's entire life "has been dedicated to supporting marginalised people in the world", and that he would work with Canadian bishops on finding a way forward.

Trudeau, a Catholic who was educated at a Jesuit school and a fervent backer of gay rights, later said that he told the pontiff "about how important it is for Canadians to move forward on a real reconciliation with the indigenous people".

Pope Francis' resting Pope face went viral during his meeting with Donald Trump, but Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau didn't fare much better.

Trudeau, who is Catholic, said he had "a deeply personal and wide-ranging, thoughtful conversation with the leader of my own faith".

At 1:04 p.m., a bell rang, signalling the end of the private audience, which began in the Pope's private quarters at about 12:28 p.m.

Trudeau then introduced his wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, to the Pope along with officials from the Prime Minister's Office.

The PM gifted The Pope a rare set of Jesuit Relations books detailing Canada's beginnings.

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The Pope gave Trudeau the gold medallion minted for the fourth year of his pontificate (2016-17), which features an "embrace" as "a symbol of forgiveness, joy and mutual acceptance", according to the Vatican's description.

Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission has called for a papal apology, as part of the healing process for survivors.

The formal apology is one of the commission's 94 recommendations towards repairing the relationship between the government of Canada and Indigenous peoples. The body had recommended that the Pope apologise on Canadian soil for the Church's involvement in the treatment of Canadian Aboriginal children who were subjected to physical violence, derogatory language, neglect and meagre food within a church - and later government - run residential school system.

A statement from the Vatican said that in light of what came out of the G7 summit, their "cordial" discussions also touched on global issues, particularly the Middle East and areas of conflict.

Canadian bishops have said the pope might visit next year. "He's a very influential individual and to have him come would be a. huge undertaking on that road to reconciliation".

Although it was unclear what was said during their meeting, photos from inside the Vatican's Apostolic Palace appear to show little animosity between the pontiff and Trudeau.

Trudeau is promoting cultural and economic ties between the two countries, including the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union. In April, Renzi regained the leadership of the Democratic Party.

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