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 APRIL 1, 2010 Volume 1

ROME: Aboriginal Elders Hold Pope Responsible for Residential School Abuse
by Brenda Norrell
Condensed by Native Village

Italy: On Easter morning, aboriginal elders from Canada will offer prayers for those who died or were killed in Catholic Indian residential schools.

Lillian Shirt (Cree) and Charles Cook (Anishinabe-Ojibway) are residential school survivors.  They will gather with members of The Friends and Relatives of the Disappeared (FRD) and Italian supporters outside the Vatican in St. Peter's Square.

"Pope Benedict is personally responsible for aiding and abetting pedophile priests, so this is not a crime that he can sweep under the rug or blame on others" said FRD member Rev. Kevin Annett. "As we asked the Pope in an unanswered letter two years ago, we want to know where his church buried the children who died at their hands, and have their remains surrendered for a proper burial. "

While in Rome, the FRD delegation will talk to Italian politicians. They will also ask the Italian Chamber of Deputies to endorse an inquiry into genocide in Canada's Protestant and Catholic residential schools.

The FRD delegation will also speak at public meetings in Parma, Reggio Emilia, Turin, Genoa, and Florence. Their tour was organized by Italian native solidarity groups with support from Genoa's provincial government.

"Generations of Pain from Residential Schools", 1974
Norval Morrisseau

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