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Indigenous Grandmas Nearly Kicked out of Vatican

Indian Country, Posted: Jul 22, 2008

ROME A group of North American tribal grandmothers failed in their quest to get Pope Benedict XVI to rescind three Christian doctrines of discovery and conquest that gave sanction to colonizing and destroying indigenous peoples and their cultures. One bull issued in 1455 authorized Portugal to invade, search out, capture, vanquish and subdue all Saracens and pagans in North America. Even though they had a permit, the 13 grandmothers were nearly expelled from the Vatican as they prayed, sang and burned incense. The Vatican police called the actions idolatrous, but on appeal, a Vatican law official heard the songs and gave his stamp of approval. The Pope left for his summer home before the grandmothers could obtain an audience to ask him to rescind the doctrines.



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