Pope Francis Apologizes To Native Americans On Church’s Behalf

Pope Francis Apologizes To Native Americans On Church’s Behalf
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The Pope apologized on behalf of the Catholic Church for its ill-treatment of Native Americans. The pope said this on Thursday evening in his speech at the world Meeting of Popular Movements in Bolivia.


Native peoples of America are ill-treated in God’s name

Bringing up an important issue, the Pope said that some people were right in saying that “when the Pope speaks of colonialism, he overlooks certain actions of the Church.” The pope said he will make right this time, by acknowledging that the Native Americans were ill-treated by the Church.

“I say this to you with regret: many grave sins were committed against the native peoples of America in the name of God,” he said in his speech.

Quoting his predecessor John Paul II, the pope said, “I ask that the Church ‘kneel before God and implore forgiveness for the past and present sins of her sons and daughters.”

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“I would also say, and here I wish to be quite clear, as was Saint John Paul II: I humbly ask forgiveness, not only for the offenses of the Church herself, but also for crimes committed against the native peoples during the so-called conquest of America.”

World War III

Pope has reiterated a recurring message in his speeches in the past – that World War III has already begun, being served in a piecemeal across different countries in the world. He again called for the condemnation of the genocide of Christians happening in the Middle East.

“Today we are dismayed to see how in the Middle East and elsewhere in the world many of our brothers and sisters are persecuted, tortured and killed for their faith in Jesus. This too needs to be denounced: in this third world war, waged piecemeal, which we are now experiencing, a form of genocide is taking place, and it must end,” the Pope said.

Pope slammed world leaders and elites

Just like with his previous speeches, the pope emphasized that the future of humanity does not lie solely in the hands of great leaders, the great powers and the elites but in the hands of the people.

“It is fundamentally in the hands of peoples and in their ability to organize. It is in their hands, which can guide with humility and conviction this process of change.”

He then called for all the people to work with him towards unified goals: “no family without lodging, no rural worker without land, no laborer without rights, no people without sovereignty, no individual without dignity, no child without childhood, no young person without a future, no elderly person without a venerable old age.”

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