APOSTOLIC TRIP TO BRAZIL OF THE HOLY FATHER JOHN PAUL II
OCTOBER 12-21, 1991
ADDRESS OF THE HOLY FATHER
MEETING WITH REPRESENTATIVES
OF THE INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES OF BRAZIL
Cuiaba, October 16, 1991
From the two last paragraphs of number 4:
These missionaries – Franciscans, Capuchins, Salesians, Jesuits, Dominicans, Carmelites, Benedictines, and many others – are a bright and perennial example yesterday and today. I cannot deny the great sorrow I feel upon learning that a few, including some who should see those missionaries as their models, have tried to denigrate them with a distorted view, more political and ideological than religious, of the history of evangelization in Brazil.
Eleven years ago, in Manaus, I said, “I kneel … before each of these missionaries, men like us with defects and weaknesses but magnified by the witness of their complete self-giving to missions” ( Homily in Manaus July 7,11, 1980). Today the Pope, Successor of Peter, spiritually repeats the same words and gesture as a sign of love and reparation.
Translated by the staff of Pan-Amazon Synod-Watch.