Pope Francis expresses ‘deep shame’ in Canada and warns of a new ‘cancel culture’

“Instead, the maple’s rich multicolored foliage reminds us of the importance of the whole, the importance of developing human communities that are not blandly uniform, but truly open and inclusive,” he said. he stated, referring to the leaves of nationally significant trees in Canada.

Throughout his speech, he was repeatedly inspired by the imagery of the maple leaf.

“How much do we need to listen to and dialogue with each other, to take a step back from the prevailing individualism, hasty judgments, generalized aggressiveness and the temptation to divide the world into good and bad bad guys !” he exclaimed at one point. “The large size of maple leaves, which absorb polluted air and in turn release oxygen, invite us to marvel at the beauty of creation and appreciate the wholesome values ​​present in indigenous cultures.”

He added, “They can inspire us all and help heal harmful exploitative tendencies.”

The pope has repeatedly highlighted Indigenous Canadians as role models in the care and protection of the family, making the world a better place for future generations and “reminding the importance of social values.”

“The Catholic Church, with its universal dimension, its concern for the most vulnerable, its legitimate service to human life at every moment of its existence, from conception to natural death, is happy to offer its specific contribution,” said he added.

The past, he said, should inform the future.

“May the wrongs endured by Indigenous peoples serve as a warning to us today, lest concern for the family and its rights be neglected in favor of greater productivity and individual interests,” he said. -he declares.

He concluded with a message of unity.

“It is by working together, hand in hand, that today’s pressing challenges must be met,” he said. “I thank you for your hospitality, your attention and your respect, and with great affection, I assure you that Canada and its people are very close to my heart.

Pope Francis’ journey continues Thursday, July 28. He will celebrate Mass at the National Sanctuary of Saint Anne de Beaupré. Later in the day, the Pope will pray Vespers with bishops, priests, deacons, consecrated persons, seminarians and pastoral workers at Notre Dame Cathedral.

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