On First Nations Sunday, Quebec cardinal speaks of hope for healing

STE.-ANNE-DE-BEAUPRÉ, Quebec — At the annual First Nations Sunday Mass, Cardinal Gérald Lacroix acknowledged that the revelations and realizations surrounding unmarked graves at former residential schools run by Catholic communities “have brought to light a very dark page in the history of our country. Decisions and behaviors, both by the government and the churches,” have contributed to the suffering “of our “brothers and sisters.” “God did not fail. We have failed,” he said in his homily June 27 at the Shrine of Ste.-Anne-de-Beaupré. However, he added, choosing paths of life “is within our reach.” “We cannot change this sad chapter in our history,” he continued about the suffering of Canada’s native peoples. “We cannot afford to forget it. But we must work for reconciliation and healing to heal the wounds of this past that never ceases to haunt us.”

On First Nations Sunday, Quebec cardinal speaks of hope for healing

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