The recent NPR news item Pope Francis Expresses Sorrow But No Apology For Indigenous School Deaths In Canada includes the following quote:
"We commend to the Lord the souls of all the children who have died in the Canadian residential schools, and we pray for the grief-stricken Indigenous families and communities of Canada," Francis added.
What does it mean when the Pope says "We commend to the Lord the souls..."? Is this just an expression of how we should feel? Is it a prayer, hoping for, or asking that the souls will reach heaven? Does the pope have some special power that can be invoked to help these souls get there?