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Respect indigenous cultures, traditions, Pope asks in new prayer video :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

8.7.16

Respect indigenous cultures, traditions, Pope asks in new prayer video :: Catholic News Agency (CNA): Speaking in his native Spanish, Francis said that “I want to add your voice to mine in a heartfelt prayer that all will respect indigenous peoples, threatened in their identity and even in their existence.”

The video opens with an Indian woman walking up to a podium, asking her audience on behalf of all indigenous peoples “that our ways of life be respected, our rights and our traditions. Will you listen to me?”

When the video pans out showing that the auditorium is empty, Pope Francis appears, expressing his desire to be the spokesman for the rights of indigenous communities throughout the world as one-by-one members of other indigenous populations join the woman on stage.

Indigenous peoples have been a theme in many of Pope Francis’ speeches and travels abroad since his election, including his 2015 encyclical “Laudato Si.”


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