“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.
“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.
“It would not be permissible to initiate new structures or official doctrines in the dioceses –before an understanding agreed at the level of the universal Church–, which would represent a wound to ecclesial communion and a threat to the unity of the Church,” states the Holy See