COMMENTARY: While the papal apology has historical, cultural, political and economic aspects, the Holy Father treated this primarily as a religious one at the service of healing and reconciliation as gifts from God.
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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.
Pope Francis says he plans on visiting Canada in the summer month of July marking the feast of St. Anne.
COMMENTARY: They are a continuation of the process of reconciliation that is underway because of the Catholic Church’s participation in Canada’s assimilationist residential-school policy for Indigenous children.
Canadian Andre Prevost’s First Nations series is helping Catholics to pray with the living roots of the Church in North America.
Pope Francis expressed sorrow at the discovery of Indigenous children’s graves in an Angelus address in June, but did not issue a formal apology.
A lay minister who works at a nearby Indian reservation led the procession into the sanctuary, waving a large bird feather with one hand while carrying a basket in the other, to the accompaniment of beating drums.
Over 4,700 individual books, comprised of several hundred titles, were removed from the shelves or put under review due to alleged outdated, incorrect, or inappropriate depictions of indigenous people.
Spokesperson Chieko Noguchi said she hopes the information will “bring some measure of peace to the victims and a heightened awareness so that this disturbing history is never repeated.”
The papal meetings are scheduled Dec. 17-20.