Pope’s willingness to return sacred items means they will come home: national chief

The national chief of the Assembly of First Nations says the Pope’s willingness to return Indigenous artifacts stored at the Vatican Museum suggests the items will make their way home. Chief RoseAnne Archibald says in a news release that it demonstrates another success on the journey with the head of the Roman Catholic Church. Pope Francis said in a recent news conference that in cases where items can be returned, it is better to do so. Indigenous curators and experts have said they have been unable to get access to the unknown number of objects in the Vatican’s possession. Indigenous delegates who have travelled to Rome to meet with Francis last year toured the museum and requested the return of the items. Archibald says it’s an important step after the…

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