The theme of tonight’s Peace Mass was atonement and repentance…
During a visit to Bolivia in 2015, Pope Francis issued an apology to all the Indigenous peoples of the Americas for abuses suffered. With this Peace Mass tonight, we mourn the lives of Indigenous children who have been and will continue to be found in mass graves in residential ‘schools’ in various parts of North America. These schools, a large number run by Catholic orders, were created to instill shame on young Indigenous people about their identity and culture.
Our reflection during this Mass serves as a grounding activity that will guide our actions to achieve a formal apology and reparations by the leadership of our Church. Pax Christi USA Ambassador of Peace Fr. Joe Nangle, OFM accompanied us in the celebration of this Mass.
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