COMMENTARY: The Holy Father’s July visit charted a path for Canada’s bishops to reconcile with the country’s Indigenous peoples.
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The Holy Father addressed a variety of issues en route.
During the in-flight press conference on his return flight to Rome from Iqaluit, Francis said while he had not used the word ‘genocide,’ he indeed had described one. ‘I apologized; I asked forgiveness for this work, which was genocide.’
COMMENTARY: The Holy Father said the Church needs to avoid collaborating with state power, which seeks to destroy the ‘natural attachment of peoples to their values.’
‘It is our desire to renew the relationship between the Church and the indigenous peoples of Canada, a relationship marked both by a love that has borne outstanding fruit and, tragically, deep wounds that we are committed to understanding and healing.’
Indigenous representatives and Archbishop Richard Smith of Edmonton discuss the legacy of Canada’s residential-school system and their hopes regarding the visit of Pope Francis.
Pope Francis met with Canadian indigenous leaders and Canadian Catholic bishops this week in steps aimed at bringing reconciliation to those communities due to tensions over the Church’s role in operating assimilation-oriented residential schools. Father Raymond DeSouza provides analysis. Then we explore the new exciting venture of EWTN News in the Middle East, a Catholic news agency in Erbil, Iraq. Catholic News Agency’s executive director Alejandro Bermudez explains the important mission of ACI MENA.