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Colonization was “genocide” against Native Americans

ROME, Italy — Colonization of the Americas by the British, French, Spanish and Portuguese constituted “genocide,” Pope Francis told reporters on his flight home from Canada on Friday.

During his in-flight press conference, a Canadian Press reporter told the pontiff that Indigenous peoples who heard his apologies for the Church’s involvement in the residential school system “lamented that the term genocide does not was not used,” and urged the pope to know if he would use the term and “acknowledge that members of the Church participated in this genocide.”

In response, Francis was quick to insist that he had not intentionally avoided the word “genocide” when describing historic abuses by Canadian natives.

Pope Francis (left), wearing a headdress, kisses the hands of an indigenous leader at Muskwa Park in Maskwacis, south of Edmonton, western Canada, on July 25, 2022. (AFP)

“Yes, it’s a technical word — genocide — but I didn’t use it because it didn’t cross my mind, but I described… That’s right, yes, yes, it was a genocide. y’all can be calm [about this]. You can say I said it was genocide,” he replied.

The pope also noted that when it comes to the colonization of the Americas by “the British, the French, the Spanish, the Portuguese, there has always been a danger, a mentality of ‘we are superior and these indigenous peoples don’t don’t matter’, and that’s serious.

Colonization was “genocide” against Native Americans

Pope Francis speaks with George Arcand (left), Grand Chief of the Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations, and other Indigenous leaders during a welcoming ceremony at Edmonton International Airport, Edmonton. Canada, July 24, 2022. (AFP)

The problem with all colonialism is that anyone who doesn’t get in its way is considered inferior, Francis said, which applied to Native Americans. “But I want to develop that. They were not only considered inferior: a slightly mad theologian even wondered if they had a soul.

“It’s true that there were voices that were heard, like Bartolomeo de las Casas, for example, or Pedro Claver, but that was the minority,” he added. “Awareness of human equality came slowly.”

Colonization was “genocide” against Native Americans

An indigenous woman experiences an emotional moment as Pope Francis holds an outdoor mass at Commonwealth Stadium during his visit to Alberta, Canada on July 26, 2022. (Lincoln Ho/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

“And I say consciousness, because in the unconscious there is still something. We have — allow me to say it — a somewhat colonialist attitude of reducing their culture to ours. It is something that comes to us from the developed way of life, ours, because of which we sometimes lose values ​​that they have.

This, in turn, may stem from accelerated material development in the first world that loses sight of deeper values, he proposed.

“I’m not speaking against development, development is good. But it’s not good with development, development, development anxiety,” he said.

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