Indigenous Delegation to Vatican Reschedules Trip

An Indigenous delegation to the Vatican to meet with Pope Francis to talk about reconciliation and healing has been rescheduled for early spring.

The trip was put on hold a week before it was to take place in December because of uncertainty posed by the quickly spreading Omicron variant of COVID-19.

A joint statement from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and Indigenous groups says the meeting is to take place the week of March 28th, and a final audience with the Pope set for April 1st.

The plan is for 25 to 30 Indigenous people – including elders, residential school survivors and youth – to meet with him.

Indigenous delegates will also be able to share their expectations for a papal visit to Canada. Last year, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis was willing to make that pilgrimage. Indigenous leaders have said that would have to come with an apology.

(The Canadian Press)

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