ROME: Aboriginal Elders Hold Pope
Responsible for Residential School
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.
gather with members of The Friends and
Relatives of the Disappeared (FRD)
and Italian supporters outside the Vatican in St.
"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.
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