A group of First Nations leaders from west of Edmonton had a chance to meet with the Pope this week at Vatican City. Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation Chief Tony Alexis, Father Les Kwiatkowski from the Lac Ste. Anne Parish and former Chief Rod Alexis spoke briefly with Pope Francis on Wednesday.
Chief Tony Alexis says, “We asked for prayers for our people, the Pope a prayer leader for many around the world accepted our requests. Elders in our culture say during prayers and ceremony if someone is blessed and looked upon by Creator, everyone else will receive the blessing too. I was honoured that at the end of our visit, Pope Francis humbly asked that we also pray for him.”
They gave the Pope painted hand drum made by local artist Eugene Alexis. They also invited the Pope to attend the annual Lac Ste. Anne Pilgrimage in July.
They also presented prayer requests from people across Canada.
Before going to Vatican City, the group went to Jerusalem, where the Nakota language was being honoured.