Pope sorry for colo­nial Catholic crimes

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A S I X T E E N - Y E A R - O L D Bri­tish girl has been charged with two terror of­fences be­lieved to be re­lated to a plot to be­head peo­ple in Mel­bourne on An­zac Day.

The teen, who can­not be named for le­gal rea­sons, was de­tained af­ter an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the North West Counter Ter­ror­ism Unit in Greater Manch­ester in April. She has since been charged un­der Sec­tion 58 of the Ter­ror­ism Act, which re­lates to the of­fence of col­lect­ing or mak­ing a record of in­for­ma­tion likely to be use­ful to a per­son com­mit­ting or pre­par­ing for an act of ter­ror­ism, or pos­sess­ing a record con­tain­ing in­for­ma­tion of that kind.

The ac­cused is due to ap­pear in Westminster Mag­is­trates Court on July 22.

Po­lice were led to the girl af­ter in­ves­ti­gat­ing a teenage boy from Lan­cashire, north­west Eng­land, who was held on April 2 in con­nec­tion with a ter­ror­ist plot in Aus­tralia.

Counter- ter­ror­ism of­fi­cers said they had un­cov­ered mo­bile phone com­mu­ni­ca­tions be­tween the UK and Aus­tralia rep­re­sent­ing a “cred­i­ble ter­ror­ist threat”.

Her house was raided at the same time and the pair are known to be friends.

Po­lice in Mel­bourne ar­rested five sus­pects in an op­er­a­tion to foil what they claimed was an Is­lamic State- inspired plot on An­zac Day in­volv­ing the mur­der of po­lice of­fi­cers dur­ing Mel­bourne’s An­zac pa­rade. POPE Fran­cis apol­o­gised yesterday for the sins, of­fences and crimes com­mit­ted by the Catholic Church against in­dige­nous peo­ples dur­ing the colo­nial- era con­quest of the Amer­i­cas.

He de­liv­ered the mes­sage at the cli­mac­tic high­light of his South Amer­i­can pil­grim­age.

History’s first Latin Amer­i­can Pope “humbly” begged for­give­ness dur­ing an en­counter in Bo­livia with in­dige­nous groups and other ac­tivists and in the pres­ence of Bo­livia’s first in­dige­nous Pres­i­dent, Evo Mo­rales. The Pope noted that Latin Amer­i­can church lead­ers in the past had ac­knowl­edged that “grave sins were com­mit­ted against the na­tive peo­ples of Amer­ica in the name of

God’’. St John Paul II had apol­o­gised to the con­ti­nent’s in­dige­nous for the “pain and suf­fer­ing” caused dur­ing the 500 years of the church’s pres­ence in the Amer­i­cas dur­ing a 1992 visit to the Do­mini­can Re­pub­lic.

But Fran­cis went far­ther, say­ing, “I would also say, and here I wish to be quite clear, as was St John Paul II: I humbly ask for­give­ness, not only for the of­fences of the church her­self, but also for crimes com­mit­ted against the na­tive peo­ples dur­ing the so- called con­quest of Amer­ica.”

Fran­cis’ apol­ogy was met with wild ap­plause from the in­dige­nous groups gath­ered for a world sum­mit of pop­u­lar move­ments whose fight against in­jus­tice and so­cial in­equal­ity has been cham­pi­oned by the Pope.

Pic­tures: AP

PA­TIENT FOR PON­TIFF: An in­dige­nous leader from Po­tosi, Bo­livia, waits for the ar­rival of Pope Fran­cis ( be­low).

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