"I’ll welcome when he arrives in Canada to issue a long overdue apology to Survivors & descendents. For the Vatican visit, I’m sending a msg that the Pope must renounce & formally revoke the 1493 Papal Bull, aka. Doctrine of Discovery.
I continue to ask that the Catholic church be accountable for their role in the forced assimilation and #genocide of our children, families and Nations. Someone must be criminally charged. Further that the reparations be made to First Nations.
I believe that we must walk the #HealingPathForward together."
AFN Chief RoseAnne Archibald
"In a brief statement, the Holy See’s press office said that the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has invited the pope to make an apostolic journey to Canada “also in the context of the long-standing pastoral process of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.” The statement didn’t cite why the reconciliation process was needed.
In return, Francis “has indicated his willingness to visit the country on a date to be settled in due course,” the statement said.
The pilgrimage could be the occasion for a papal apology that has been demanded by many in Canada.
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