Mexican president asks Pope Francis for conquest apology

Mexico’s president printed an open letter to Pope Francis calling at the Roman Catholic Church to apologise for abuses of Indigenous peoples all over the conquest of Mexico within the 1500s. Within the letter printed Saturday, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador additionally asks the pope to lend Mexico historic pre-Hispanic Mexican or colonial-era paperwork.

“The Catholic Church, the Spanish monarchy and the Mexican govt must make a public apology for the offensive atrocities that Indigenous folks suffered,” the letter states. Lopez Obrador requested the pope to make a commentary in favour of Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico’s Nineteenth-century independence chief who was once as soon as believed to were excommunicated through the church for his involvement within the rebellion. Then again, researchers later mentioned it seemed that Hidalgo had confessed his sins prior to he was once carried out and thus was once no longer excommunicated.

Lopez Obrador mentioned: “I feel it could be an act of humility and on the similar time greatness” for the church to reconcile posthumously with Hidalgo. The letter comes as Mexico struggles with how you can mark the five hundredth anniversary of the 1519-1521 conquest, which resulted within the loss of life of a giant a part of the rustic’s pre-Hispanic inhabitants.

In 2019, Lopez Obrador requested Spain for an apology for the conquest, wherein hundreds of thousands of Indigenous folks died from violence and illness. Spanish Overseas Minister Josep Borrell mentioned on the time that Spain “is not going to factor those apologies which were asked.”

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