Mexican Indigenous Ask Pope to Apologize for Massive Genocide

The Purepechas of Michoacan released a statement asking Pope Francis to apologize for the killing of 24 million Indigenous people.

The Supreme Indigenous Council of Michoacan, Mexico, accused the Catholic Church of being complicit in the killing of over 24 million Indigenous people.
Some 30 Indigenous communities of Michoacan, Mexico, have released a statement demanding Pope Francis apologize for the genocide committed with the complicity of the Catholic Church against their people during the Spanish invasion of the Americas in the sixteenth century as well as the fact that they have been victimized for over five centuries.

“For over 500 years, the original people of the Americas have been ransacked, robbed, murdered, exploited, discriminated and persecuted,” the Supreme Indigenous Council of Michoacan said in the statement.

“Within this framework, the Catholic Church has historically been complicit and allies of those who invaded our land,” they added.

Various Purepechas communities from Michoacan demanded that the pope make a public statement apologizing for the church’s role in the genocide and ongoing disappearance of the Indigenous people of Mexico.

The council also denounced that with weapons and the help of Catholic missionaries, a culture, language, religion and other European values were imposed on the people of Mexico.

"The Bible was the ideological weapon of the Conquerors,” they added ahead of the pope’s visit to Mexico, which begins Feb. 12.

The Spanish intervention and invasion of the Americas represents one of the biggest acts of genocide in history, they said.

“The arrival of the Europeans meant the interruption and destruction of various original civilizations, which had their unique ideas and concepts of the world, our own government, writings, languages, education, religion and philosophy,” the statement added.
The “European invaders” caused the death of 95 percent of the the total Indigenous population within 130 years after the unfortunate arrival of Christopher Columbus and Hernan Cortes, the council noted.

They highlighted that before the Spaniards arrived to the Mexican region, there were about 25.2 million Indigenous people, and that after 1623, less than 700,000 were left.

The pope is scheduled to visit Morelia, the capital of Michoacan, Feb. 16.

Last year, First Nations people also demanded the pope apologize for the genocide committed by colonization.

Love needs time and space; everything else is secondary. Time is needed to talk things over, to embrace leisurely, to share plans, to listen to one other and gaze in each other’s eyes, to appreciate one another and to build a stronger relationship.
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Pope Francis writes in a 256-page document called “Amoris Laetitia,” or “The Joy of Love.”

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“Hitler was an Atheist.”

In 1941, Hitler wrote a letter to Gerhard Engel in which he said: “I am now, as before, a Catholic and will always remain so.”

In Mein Kampf, he said: “I consider the foundation or destruction of a religion far greater than the foundation or destruction of a state, let alone a party.”

In a speech made in Passau, 27 October 1928, he said: “We tolerate no one in our ranks who attacks the ideas of Christianity… in fact our movement is Christian.”

And on and on. 

The Vatican certainly considered all the top Nazis as Roman Catholics, but the only Nazi who was ever excommunicated was Joseph Goebbels; not for any of his actual crimes, but for marrying a Protestant.

“Hitler was just using Christianity to promote his personal agenda.”

Not like you, you mean?

“Yeah, but Hitler wasn’t a real Christian.”

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Isola di San Lazzaro degli Armeni, Venezia (Island of St. Lazarus of the Armenians, Venice), Veneto, Italy

St. Lazarus of the Armenians is a small island in the Venice lagoon. During the Middle Ages it was a leper hospital, where the infected people were confined (Lazzaretto is the Italian name of leper hospital).

Several Armenian monks took here shelter from the Ottoman invasion of their country. 

Since the early 18th century, it’s home of an Armenian Catholic monastery, probably the most important site of the Armenian diaspora. Since then, it has been the main center of this culture, with its own printing house, library, with a large collection of old Armenian books and manuscripts.

The island can be visited every day at 3.25 pm.

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