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First Nations delegates who met with Pope Francis today are still awaiting word on whether the Pope will renounce the Doctrine of Discovery.

Indigenous want truth about past, partnership for future

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VATICAN CITY -- Ted Quewezance came to the Vatican looking for closure.

Indigenous bring synodality to Rome

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Metis elder and educator Gary Gagnon knows that what’s going on in Rome this week is not some esoteric side issue for the Catholic Church. It’s at the heart of the most important issue in the Church under Pope Francis.

Vatican’s Indigenous collection opened to Canadian delegation

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As members of all three Indigenous delegations in Rome to meet with Pope Francis toured the Anima Mundi collection at the Vatican Museums, there were mixed feelings. Some were in awe, while some wanted to know how these examples of Indigenous culture ended up half a world away from where they were made.

Indigenous delegation makes headlines worldwide

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The unprecedented meetings this week between Pope Francis and three Canadian delegations of Indigenous people in Rome are big news. Thirteen camera crews and dozens of journalists — Italian, American, British and Canadian — greeted Metis National Council president Cassidy Caron after the MNC delegation of nine came out to St. Peter’s Square after their hour-long encounter with the bishop of Rome.

Polish archbishop updates Pope Francis on aid to Ukraine refugees

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VATICAN CITY -- Polish Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki of Poznan told Pope Francis that the Catholic Church in Poland is continuing its efforts to assist the countless refugees from Ukraine fleeing Russia's destructive war in the country.

Pope Francis listened, Metis hope Canadians do

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Led by two fiddlers playing the Red River Jig to the amazement of tourists, Metis delegates skirted past St. Peter’s Square on their way out from an hour-long meeting with Pope Francis before meeting the assembled press from Rome and Canada.

Vatican voice heeded in corridors of power

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Holy See diplomats have 500 years of history behind them

Zelenskyy speaks with Pope Francis before addressing Italian leaders

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VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis had a “very promising” conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy before the president addressed the Italian parliament via video link March 22, said Ukraine’s ambassador to the Holy See.

Ukraine at ‘epicentre of spiritual challenge’

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VATICAN CITY -- The Russian invasion of Ukraine is not just a tragic conflict between two nations, but the centre of a spiritual battle wrought by the forces of evil that have pitted brother against brother, said the apostolic nuncio to Ukraine.

Four sentenced in 2016 killing of French priest

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A Paris court sentenced four men in connection with the 2016 killing of Fr. Jacques Hamel, giving them sentences ranging from eight years to life in prison.