On 12 December, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Church in Canada celebrates the National Day of Prayer in Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples. This project, with the approval of the Bishops of Canada, has been coordinated since 2002 by the Canadian Catholic Indigenous Council (formerly the Canadian Catholic Aboriginal Council). This year, the reflection by the Council draws on theme of the United Nations 2019 year of Indigenous Languages. “We all like to be spoken to in our mother tongue. So too in the faith, we like to be spoken to in our “mother culture”, our native language (cf. 2 Maccabees 7:21,27), and as a result our hearts become better disposed to hear the Word of God.”

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