Aboriginal-Pope meeting at Omicron postponed until early next year

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Pope Francis’s attempt to meet aboriginal Canadians has been postponed due to the spread of the COVID-19 mutant Omicron.

According to Vatican News, the Vatican’s state media, the Conference of Bishops of Canada has decided to postpone the visit of the three major indigenous delegations – First Nations, Metis and Inuit – to the Vatican until early next year.

A delegation from Canada’s indigenous peoples was scheduled to visit the Vatican City on the 17th and 20th to meet with the Pope and discuss the tragic incident that occurred in a boarding school run by the Catholic Church in the past.

In a statement, the Conference of Bishops said, “After careful consideration of the uncertainty of overseas visits and potential health risks due to the recent spread of omicron mutations, the three major indigenous representatives agreed to postpone the visit to the Vatican to next year.” said.

In Canada, the remains of more than 1,200 Aboriginal children were found in three sites of previously operated Aboriginal boarding schools since May.

These boarding schools were established by the Canadian government in the late 19th century to assimilate indigenous peoples into white society, and it is known that the Catholic Church was commissioned to run them.

The bishops of Canada acknowledged and apologized for the devastating abuse at a boarding school in September, but the pope did not directly apologize other than expressing his personal feelings that he was “in pain”.

Reference-news.sbs.co.kr

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