In Bolivia, Pope Francis Apologizes for Church’s ‘Grave Sins’

July 9, 2015
By Jim Yardley and William Neuman
New York Times

SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia — Pope Francis offered a direct apology on Thursday for the complicity of the Roman Catholic Church in the oppression of Latin America during the colonial era, even as he called for a global social movement to shatter a “new colonialism” that has fostered inequality, materialism and the exploitation of the poor.