MASKWACIS, Alberta (AP) — Pope Francis' apology Monday for the Catholic Church’s role in Canada's residential school system and the abuses that took place within it was a full-throated denunciation of a decadeslong policy of forced assimilation that aimed to strip Indigenous children of their culture and traumatized generations. Speaking at the site of a former residential … [Read more...] about Tribal Leaders, Members React to Pope’s Apology on Schools
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Thousands of Indigenous people converged Monday on the small Alberta prairie community of Maskwacis to hear a long-awaited apology from Pope Francis for generations of abuse and cultural suppression at Catholic residential schools across Canada. Francis was scheduled to arrive in mid-morning at the site of the former Ermineskin Indian Residential … [Read more...] about Pope Set for Historic Apology for School Abuses in Canada
By Scott Barkley LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (BP) – Olha Soroka, 85, walks through the rooms of her home. She smells the roses from her garden and can hear the laughter from family dinners. She touches and kisses the walls, the ones that witnessed the years of raising children with her husband. Then she wakes up, and the tears return. Soroka and her daughter, Svitlana, arrived … [Read more...] about In Leaving Ukraine, Refugees Find a Home and Sense of God’s Family
By Diana Chandler WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. (BP) – Russian Baptist Church in West Sacramento has honed its purpose while helping diverse refugees of Russia’s war on Ukraine resettle here, Senior Pastor Mikhail Avramenko told Baptist Press. “In all, we see that God is working with all of us, bringing us to a deeper understanding of who we are, why we are here and what can be … [Read more...] about Russian Baptist Church Helps 40 Slavic Refugee Families Resettle in U.S.
India (International Christian Concern) – Multiple pastors have been arrested in the state of Uttar Pradesh in India recently due to charges of forced conversion, and the crackdown by authorities has been so significant that many churches, particularly house churches, have completely halted Christian gatherings for worship and prayers. In one of the latest incidents, on July … [Read more...] about More Christians Arrested in India