News Wrap: Pope to ask forgiveness for historical abuse of Native children in Canada

In our news wrap Sunday, Pope Francis landed in Canada, where he will ask forgiveness from Indigenous communities for historical abuses of Native children at residential schools once run by the Catholic Church. Also, President Biden's physician says his COVID symptoms continue to improve, a volcano on Japan's southernmost island erupted, and Jonas Vingegaard won the Tour de France.

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  • Geoff Bennett:

    In the day's other headlines, President Biden's COVID symptoms continue to quote, improve significantly. According to a new letter from the President's physician today, the President's body aches, runny nose and cough have diminished and his main symptom is now said to be a sore throat.

    Earlier today, the White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator said those considered close contacts of the President have so far continued to test negative.

  • Dr. Ashisha Jha, White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator:

    Seventeen is the number that we are tracking in the White House Medical Unit. None of them have tested positive as of late yesterday. Obviously, all those people have been contacted they are. They're following CDC protocol, and will continue to follow them.

  • Geoff Bennett:

    Dr. Jha also confirmed that the President was infected with the highly contagious Omicron subvariant BA.5, it accounts for nearly 80 percent of infections in the US.

    Pope Francis arrived in Canada today for a week of meetings with indigenous communities. The Vatican says the purpose of the trip is to ask forgiveness for historical abuses of native children at residential schools once run by the Catholic Church. Indigenous leaders greeted the pope who's in a wheelchair due to a knee injury. For more than a century over 150,000 indigenous children were sent to state funded schools as a means of forced assimilation into white Christian society.

    One of the most horrific aspects the children were subjected to widespread physical and sexual abuse. At least 3,200 children died during that period according to a report funded by the Canadian government.

    A volcano on Japan's southern most island erupted on Sunday night, triggering a level five high alert for the region. Flames, molten rock and spewing ash we're seeing rising high into the night sky.

    Sakurajima is one of the most active volcanoes in Japan and has repeatedly erupted including several times in the last few years. The eruption prompted evacuations but the Japanese government says there are no reports of damage or injuries.

    And cycling's biggest race. The Tour de France has a new champion and the nation of Denmark gets the bragging rights. Danish cyclist Jonas Vingegaard beat the defending champ after finishing as a runner up just last year. Vingegaard has only raced professionally for three years. And he's the first Danish rider to win cycling's biggest race in over 25 years.

    And still to come on "PBS News Weekend," the costs of fast fashion you will arise in thrift shopping and what movies and TV to watch this summer.

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