Articles written by Nicole Winfield

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  • Canada's Indigenous groups want Vatican Museums to return artifacts

    Nicole Winfield, Associated Press|Oct 19, 2022

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican Museums are home to some of the most magnificent artworks in the world, from Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel to ancient Egyptian antiquities and a pavilion full of papal chariots. But one of the museum’s least-visited collections became its most contested one ahead of Pope Francis’ trip to Canada in late July. The Vatican’s Anima Mundi Ethnological Museum, located near the food court and right before the main exit, houses tens of thousands of artifacts and art created by Indigenous peoples from around the world...

  • Pope apologizes for 'evil' committed against Canada's Indigenous peoples

    Nicole Winfield and Peter Smith, Associated Press|Jul 27, 2022

    MASKWACIS, Alberta (AP) — Pope Francis issued a historic apology Monday for the Catholic Church’s cooperation with Canada’s “catastrophic” policy of Indigenous residential schools, saying the forced assimilation of Native peoples into Christian society destroyed their cultures, severed families and marginalized generations in ways still being felt today. “I am sorry,” Francis said, to applause from school survivors and Indigenous community members gathered at a former residential school south of Edmonton, Alberta, the first event of Francis’ w...

  • Pope apologizes for abuse at church-run schools in Canada

    Nicole Winfield, Associated Press|Apr 13, 2022

    VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis has made a historic apology to Indigenous Peoples for the "deplorable" abuses they suffered in Canada's Catholic-run residential schools, and said he hoped to visit Canada in late July to deliver the apology in person to survivors of the church's misguided missionary zeal. Francis begged forgiveness during an audience April 1 with dozens of members of the Metis, Inuit and First Nations communities who came to Rome seeking a papal apology and a commitment from the...