In 2003, the U.S. Army’s Guantanamo Bay facility received a 16-year-old boy, Omar Khadr. Omar would become Gitmo’s youngest prisoner. Born in Toronto, Ontario, he had been captured by U.S. special forces in 2002; U.S. military believe he was responsible for the death of a U.S. service member during a brutal, four-hour firefight. Mr. Khadr said in an affidavit that he has no memories of that battle or of throwing the grenade that killed Sgt. Christopher Speer in Afghanistan.
For Canada’s 150th anniversary, which has been met with frustration by indigenous people, the Jesuits had another dialogue in mind.
Canada's Development and Peace has launched impressive public education projects and worked on advocacy campaigns and thousands of economic and community development projects on behalf of the world’s most vulnerable people.
The bishops are condemning the exploitation of land and indigenous peoples by Canadian mining companies operating in Latin America and other regions.
In neighboring Canada, a dedicated network of Catholic peacemakers has been hard at work building a movement for nonviolence.
Prime Minister Trudeau wants the Vatican to address the legacy of Catholic-run residential schools where indigenous children suffered abuse.