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US Bishops Release Pastoral Framework for Healing with Native Catholics

The largest group of Catholic leaders in the United States today released a guiding document to "promote reconciliation and healing" for its religious leaders serving Indigenous communities that academics and Native leaders say falls short of owning up to the role it played in Indian boarding schools.

The 56-page document, Keeping Christ's Sacred Promise: A Pastoral Framework for Indigenous Ministry, aims "to promote reconciliation and healing" and "serve as the renewed welcome for Indigenous Catholics in the life of the Church."

The framework was developed by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church/Subcommittee on Native American Affairs through listening sessions with Native Catholic leaders in 2019. More than 340 parishes in the country serve predominantly Native American congregations, according to USCCB.


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