Walking toward Forgiveness: The Penitential Pilgrimage

More Enigma Than Dogma

Pope Francis is greeted by George Arcand, Grand Chief of the Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations and Governor General Mary Simon (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press)

From “A Day of Small Beginnings” back on April 1 of this year, Pope Francis landed in Edmonton on Sunday (my home city of all places) to carry out what he called his penitential pilgrimage to apologize on behalf the historical Catholic Church for the doctrines, actions, and uncounted diminishments that led to genocide of First Nations Peoples in Canada.

Pope Francis @Pontifex
Dear brothers and sisters of #Canada, I come among you to meet the indigenous peoples. I hope, with God’s grace, that my penitential pilgrimage might contribute to the journey of reconciliation already undertaken. Please accompany me with #prayer.

What is needed to be ready to seek forgiveness?

Pope Francis comes aging, physically disabled, and being transported…

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