By Rosalind Russell-
Pope Francis is again expressing “deep shame and sorrow” for the Roman Catholic Church’s role in the residential school system.
Speaking in Quebec City yesterday, the pontiff said Catholic communities are committed to promoting indigenous cultures, languages, and customs in the spirit of the U-N’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
A spokesperson for the Pope’s visit says Canada’s archbishops are working on a new statement concerning the Doctrine of Discovery.
That’s a series of papal orders stretching back to the 15th century that justified the seizure of lands outside of Europe because they were occupied by non-Christians.
Photo: The Pope is continuing with his pastoral mission to Canada, this time in Quebec City. A spokesperson adds Canada’s archbishops are also working on a new statement concerning the Doctrine of Discovery. Photo by Bishop Thomas Dowd of the Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie and used with permissions.