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Trudeau asks pope to apologise for cultural genocide
VATICAN (SE): The prime minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, met with Pope Francis on May 29 encouraging him to issue an apology on behalf of the Catholic Church for the role it played in administering the residential schools established in the 19th century for the children of indigenous people.
The schools have been described as institutions to destroy cultures and in 2015 the Truth and Reconciliation Commission condemned them as a form of cultural genocide.
Although they were supported by the government, Trudeau suggested to Pope Francis that he visit the country to apologise.
Armenian prize to Catholic doctor
NEW YORK (SE): A doctor from New York who has worked in Sudan since 2007 is the winner of the US$1.1 million ($7.75 million) Armenian Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity, which is presented in memory of the victims of the Armenian Genocide.
The citation for the award citation says that Tom Catena has been on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week at the Mother of Mercy Catholic Hospital to care for the more than 750,000 citizens of Nuba amidst ongoing civil war between the government of Sudan and the Sudanese People’s Liberation Movement.
Beatification case for Father Hamel opened
VATICAN (SE): At a brief ceremony in Rouen in France last week, the cause for the beatification of Father Jacques Hamel, who was killed in a terrorist attack on July 26 last year, was formally opened.
Father Hamel was murdered as he celebrated Mass. The postulator for his cause, Father Paul Vigouroux, reported that he has acquired a reputation for martyrdom that called for an investigation into his beatification. 
Archbishop Dominique Lebrun gave his official approval. The Vatican has already given the dispensation from the usual five-year waiting period.
Cardinal-designate’s cardinal sin?
PARIS (SE): The French newspaper, Le Monde, claims that the bishops in Mali, including cardinal-designate Jean Zerbo, from Bamako, have placed €12 million ($104.6 million) in Swiss bank accounts.
Le Monde suspects he committed a cardinal sin in setting up several accounts in Swiss banks beginning in 2002, when he was handling financial affairs for the bishops’ conference of Mali.
The French daily reports that the accounts were established quietly, in private meetings between Swiss bankers and Church leaders. The substantial sums involved and the secrecy raises questions.
Moon sends peace envoy to Vatican
SEOUL (SE): The newly-elected president of South Korea, Moon Jae-in, has sent Archbishop Hyginus Kim Hee-jong as his special envoy to the Vatican to seek the help of Pope Francis in resolving tensions with his cousins to the north of the Demilitarised Zone in Pyongyang.
The archbishop of Gwangju met with the Vatican secretary of state, Pietro Cardinal Parolin, on May 23 and with Pope Francis on May 24.
Archbishop Kim told The Hankyoreh Pope Francis said he believes the more difficult the situation, the more it should be resolved through dialogue rather than arms.
Pope’s visit to South Sudan scrapped
VATICAN (SE) : Plans for Pope Francis to visit South Sudan have been postponed due to security concerns.
Greg Burke, the director of the Vatican press office, said on May 30 that while plans for the trip might be revived, it would be not for this year.
In March, Bishop Erkolano Tombe, from Yei, reported that the pope was planning a trip, but he had acknowledged that the plans could change because of security reasons.
It had also been hoped that he invite the archbishop of Canterbury, Archbishop Justin Welby, to travel with him.
World leaders need guidelines for protecting civilians
NEW YORK (SE): “The use of civilians as weapons of war represents the most execrable of human behaviour,” Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Vatican representative to the United Nations (UN), told a forum held at its offices in New York on protection of civilians during wartime.
He called attention not only to bombing of civilian centres, but also to the deliberate destruction of schools, hospitals and water supplies, which he described as brutality and barbarity.
Archbishop Auza argued that the UN should set criteria for world leaders on these matters.

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