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Pope Francis offers an apology

POPE FRANCIS with tribal leaders in Canada (Vatican Media).

In a visit to Canada, Pope Francis apologized Monday for the Catholic Church’s role in Canada’s policy of forcing native people into residential schools.

According to USA Today, Francis said “I am deeply sorry” for the practice, intended to assimilate tribal people into the white society, a process which is said to have damaged cultures, separated families and contributed to bias.

“I humbly beg forgiveness for this evil committed by so many Christians against the Indigenous peoples,” he said. The policy started in the 19th century and continued into the 1970s.

The pontiff made his remarks near a former residential school near Edmonton, Alberta. 

Biden: Trump didn’t have courage to stop attack

President Joe Biden said that “Donald Trump lacked the courage to act” during the attack on the U.S Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 by a mob seeking to overturn results of the 2020 election.


According to the Associated Press, Biden made his remarks to the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives in a pre-recorded speech from Washington delivered to an audience in Orlando, Florida.

Biden’s remarks came after testimony before the House committee investigating the attack indicated that the former president was slow – even reluctant – to call on his angry supporters to stop their attack on the building housing the United States Congress.

Trump has repeatedly made the unsupported claim that the election was “stolen” through massive election fraud.

Sports: Angels, Dodgers in action

The Los Angeles Angels and the Los Angeles Dodgers are in action today. The Halos are in Kansas City to play the Royals and the Blue Crew is at home hosting the Washington Nationals.

Weather: Partial cloudiness persists

To no one’s surprise, the outlook for West Orange County looks the same as it has been: partly cloudy weather with highs in the upper 70s. Tuesday should see a daytime high of 77 with an overnight low of 64. Wednesday is expected to hit 78 during the day with the overnight low of 65. Thursday is forecast for 77 (65) and Friday for 77 (66).

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