Pope Francis during his visit to Sacred Heart Parish in Edmonton (Canada) reiterated his request for pardon for the “terres” present in the Catholic Church and the harm caused to the indigenous people of Canada, frequented by members of the native goes. People as Non-Indigenous Loyalists.
Following the historic request for pardon today in Maskowasis for the Church’s involvement in the assimilation processes and the indifference in which indigenous children suffered all forms of abuse in boarding schools, the Pope once again apologized in his second act. Canada trip.
“Let us not forget that even in church, wheat is mixed with tar. And it is precisely because of these stars that I wanted to undertake this penance pilgrimage, and begin it this morning, which is was remembering the evil. Indigenous people at the hands of many Christians and with pain to ask for forgiveness,” Francis explained in his speech in Spanish.
And he added: “I am pained to think that some Catholics have contributed to policies of assimilation and dissolution that express feelings of inferiority, deprive communities and individuals of their cultural and spiritual identity, their cut roots and promote prejudiced and discriminatory attitudes, and that this was also done in the name of an education that was considered Christian”.
From the late 19th century to the 1990s, some 150,000 indigenous children – First Nations, Métis and Inuit – were separated from their families and sent to 139 schools where they were banned from using their language, traditions Gaya and they had to face all kinds of abuse and uncleanliness. Conditions in which more than 4,000 people died from disease and abuse.
In his speech to the faithful of this parish known as the “Sacred Heart of the Native Peoples”, the pope explained that he understood the fatigue of “talking about reconciliation to those whom men and women had to face”. Due to this a lot of damage had been suffered. Be a witness to the Christian life”.
“Nothing can erase the eroded dignity, the evil faced, the faith betrayed. And we must never erase the shame of the believers,” he said, though he insisted that “again.” It is necessary to start over.”
And he pointed out that “although gestures and encounters can be important, most of the words and actions of reconciliation occur at the local level, in communities like these where people and families walk side by side on a day-to-day basis.” “
In this church, ceremonies take inspiration from tribal culture and the building houses many unique pieces of sacred art made by indigenous craftsmen.