United Nations Path to Peace Foundation

Reflections on Columbus Day & Indigenous Peoples Day 2019

Today, as we pause and reflect, Marile, the kids and I commemorate the courage and spirit of adventure of the great explorer Christopher Columbus and we join our fellow Americans in praying for all indigenous peoples of the world.

We also pray for all who minister, care and serve indigenous peoples.

Accordingly, we share with you the deeply inspirational and spiritually meaningful words of our beloved H. E. Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Apostolic Nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations — in his Statement On The Rights Of Indigenous Peoples presented before the Seventy-fourth Session of the United Nations General Assembly — Third Committee agenda item 69 (a, b): Rights of Indigenous People in New York, this Friday, 11 October 2019.

May these words move us to act and respect all peoples of God’s great big family …

Marile and I pray that today and every day we take these words to heart and personally take every step possible to ensure that indigenous people prosper and thrive as equal members of our family.
Warmest personal regards, 

Marile & Jorge Luis Lopez, Esq.

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