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Pope Francis says Catholic Church committed cultural ‘genocide’ of Canada’s Indigenous peoples

Pope Francis answers questions from journalists aboard his flight from Iqaluit to Rome

Pope Francis on July 29 said that the Catholic Church’s treatment of Indigenous peoples in Canada amounted to a cultural “genocide” and warned against a colonialist mindset that continues to view Native peoples and customs as “inferior.”

Francis said that “taking away the children, changing the culture and mentality” and erasing “an entire culture” was effectively a “genocide.”

The pope’s remarks came during an inflight press conference en route back to Rome after his July 24-29 trip to Canada, where he apologized on multiple occasions for the abuse that Indigenous children suffered at Catholic-run residential schools, as well as for the church’s adoption of policies that stripped away Indigenous culture.
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Posted: July 30, 2022 • Permanent link:
Categories: NCRIn this article: Indigenous peoples, papal visit, Pope Francis, Reconciliation
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Catégorie : NCRDans cet article : Indigenous peoples, papal visit, Pope Francis, Reconciliation