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  • Detail of an artistic mural illustrating the time of the conquest in the town of Otumba (Mexico).

    Detail of an artistic mural illustrating the time of the conquest in the town of Otumba (Mexico). | Photo: EFE

Published 11 October 2020
Opinion

On 2021, Mexico will mark the 500 anniversary of the Spanish conquest; 700 years of the creation of the city Mexico-Tenochtitlan, and two centuries of its independence. 

Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador asked the Vatican for an apology over the Catholic church's participation in the conquest of the country and the repression of its Indigenous people.

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In a letter delivered to Pope Francis on Saturday by Obrador's wife, Beatriz Gutierrez, AMLO points out that On 2021, Mexico will mark the 500 anniversary of the Spanish conquest; 700 years of the creation of the city Mexico-Tenochtitlan, and two centuries of its independence.

"The Catholic Church, the Spanish Monarchy, and the Mexican State must offer a public apology to the Indigenous peoples who suffered the most shameful atrocities from the Conquest in 1521 to the recent past," Obrador explained.

"Beatriz met with Pope Francis, whom I respect and admire as a religious leader and head of state. He told me that he treated her with affection and expressed his willingness to maintain good relations for the good of the people."

“They deserve not just that generous attitude on our part but also a sincere commitment that never again will disrespectful acts be committed against their beliefs and cultures,” the president added.

AMLO also requested the Vatican codices, documents, and ancient objects of Mexico´s history to be exhibited in 2021. The president asked for a one-year loan of a series of documents including Tenochtitlan maps, which are guarded in the Vatican library.

Although the Vatican has not responded yet, on other occasions it has lent antiques, documents, and works of art at the request of several governments.


 

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