The Pope’s apology


Advanced English Reading & Vocabulary Lessons

Lesson 1 (60 minutes)

    • 5 minutes Conversation and discussion

    • 30 minutes: Reading

    • 20 minutes Writing

    • 5 minutes Conversation, Text Correction and discussion

Read the text below then answer the questions below:

The Pope’s Apology

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis on Friday apologized for the “deplorable conduct” of some Catholics in Canada’s residential school system for Indigenous children. He said he was “deeply grieved” by the stories of abuse from survivors.


Francis spoke to an audience that included an Indigenous delegation that traveled from Canada to the Vatican this week to press for an apology.

The pope has been under renewed pressure to apologize for the Church’s role in the residential school system. Hundreds of unmarked graves were uncovered near the sites of former schools last year.


Beginning in the 19th century, at least 150,000 Indigenous children were separated from their families. They were forced to attend the government-funded, church-run institutions, which aimed to wipe out their culture.

Thousands of children died at the schools, including from disease, lack of nutritious food, by suicide, or while trying to escape.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Friday that he acknowledged the apology. Ottawa apologized for its role in the residential school system in 2008.


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Lesson Instructions

Read the text and answer the questions below.

In the UK we are not a chatholic country nor are we a deeply religeous country today. In light of the recent involvement of catholic and other priests in child abuse cases and the lack of action from the church, most people have lost faith in religion.

What is your opinion?

In your writing use as many adjectives as you can to describe your feelings.

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