National Day of Prayer in Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples
The National Day of Prayer in Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples is celebrated by the Church in Canada on December 12, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Each year the Canadian Catholic Indigenous Council prepares a reflection for this occasion. This year the message centers on the theme: “We are called to Healing, Forgiveness, Reconciliation. We, the Body of Christ, are called to live in friendship and harmony with all peoples. We are brothers and sisters of our One Creator God”. You may read this reflection on the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops: www.cccb.ca
Catholics across the country are invited to join in prayer as a delegation of Indigenous survivors, Elders, knowledge keepers, and young people travel to Rome to meet with Pope Francis as soon as health conditions surrounding international travel will allow it to be done in a safe manner in 2022. The delegation will also help inform the planned pilgrimage of the Holy Father to Canada at a future date.
Archbishop Valéry Vienneau