“Our earnest prayer is that, by your very presence among us, the shadow of Saint Peter will fall upon our country and bring the grace of God’s healing and peace,” said the Archbishop of Edmonton to the Pontiff.
“Are we children and grandchildren capable of safeguarding this treasure that we have inherited? Do we remember the good teachings we have received? Do we talk to our elders, and take time to listen to them?”, the Pope asked in his homily in Canada on Tuesday, July 26.
“During our time with you, it was clear to us all that you listened deeply and with great compassion to the testimonies that told of the way our language was suppressed, our culture taken away from us, and our spirituality denigrated,” said Wilton Littlechild to the Pope.
After visiting a cemetery, the Holy Father met with Representatives of the Indigenous Peoples, in the presence of the Governor General and the Prime Minister of Canada, and asked thrice for forgiveness
“As a Religious, I also want to remember the elderly men and women religious, the “grandparents” of consecrated life: please, don’t hide them, they are the wisdom of a Religious Family; and may the new men and women religious, the novices, have contact with them,” said the Pontiff to journalists on the flight to Canada.