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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a news conference on June 25 in Ottawa, Canada. Photo: Sean Kilpatrick / POOL / AFP.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday that he asked the Pope to apologize on Canadian soil for the Catholic Church's role in running residential schools for Indigenous children after nearly 1,000 bodies were found in two unmarked graves, Reuters reports.

The big picture: The remains of 751 people, mainly Indigenous children, were discovered at the site of a former boarding school in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, an Indigenous group said this week.

  • This comes less than one month after the remains of about 215 children were found at another former boarding school in British Columbia.
  • About 150,000 Indigenous children are estimated to have passed through about 150 residential schools in Canada, which were run by the Catholic Church until 1979.
  • Pope Francis has said that he is saddened over the discovery of the remains, but has not apologized.

What he's saying: "I have spoken personally directly with His Holiness Pope Francis to press upon him how important it is not just that he makes an apology but that he makes an apology to indigenous Canadians on Canadian soil," Trudeau told reporters in Ottawa, per Reuters.

  • "I know that the Catholic church leadership is looking and very actively engaged in what next steps can be taken."

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Vatican orders all employees to get vaccine or submit to testing

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The Vatican City State said Tuesday that it will require all employees to provide proof of vaccination or documentation of a recent negative COVID test, the Washington Post reports.

Why it matters: Pope Francis, who was vaccinated in January, has campaigned for people to get the shots, calling it a moral duty. Some Catholics, however, have argued for exemptions on religious grounds.

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Emerging anecdotal evidence shows just how hard the recent rise in COVID-19 cases hit businesses in early January — but that hasn't hurt some business leaders’ longer-term views on their companies' prospects.

Why it matters: Increasingly, the economic recovery has come in fits and starts that move in tandem with new peaks in cases. Look no further than the thousands of cancelled flights and shuttered Broadway theaters in the wake of the Omicron variant's spread over the last few months.

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The shifting definition of fully vaccinated

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The definition of what it means to be "fully vaccinated" is evolving even as the CDC has remained careful not to officially change it.

Why it matters: CDC officials have been balancing the job of convincing Americans who've already gotten two doses of the importance of boosters with getting many Americans who still need their first doses to get their shots at all.