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[B]Tribal Indians condemn Pope[/B]
[url]http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/D809D115-1128-4092-9BA6-30F716C56052.htm[/url]

[I]Indian leaders in Brazil have reacted angrily to comments by Pope Benedict that they had been purified by the Roman Catholic church since Columbus landed in the Americas in 1492....

The pope had said the peoples of the Americas had a "silent longing" for Christianity and welcomed European priests' arrival.

He said the church had not imposed itself on the indigenous peoples of the Americas....

Dionito Jose de Souza, a leader of the Makuxi tribe in northern Roraima state, said: "The state used the church to do the dirty work in colonising the Indians but they already asked forgiveness for that ... so is the pope taking back the church's word?"

Pope John Paul II spoke in 1992 of mistakes in the evangelisation of native peoples of the Americas....

The Roman Catholic church's own Indian advocacy group in Brazil also criticised Benedict's speech.

Paulo Suess, the advocacy group's adviser, said: "The pope doesn't understand the reality of the Indians here, his statement was wrong and indefensible."[/I]

He's really on a roll during this trip. He's managed to put his foot in his mouth and had to be "re-interpreted" by his staff several times already...

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