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Archbishop Weisgerber receives order of Canada.

Archbishop James Weisgerber was named a recipient of the Order of Canada, the day before he retired after thirteen years as archbishop of Winnipeg. The 30 December announcement reads that he is being honoured "for his work as a champion of reconciliation and social justice, promoting deeper understanding between aboriginal and non-aboriginal people."

Archbishop Weisgerber says that it was when he was secretary general of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops that he started to look at the question of residential schools, and the lack of understanding in Canada about it. During his time as Bishop of Saskatoon (1996-2000) he worked with local communities attempting to strengthen weakened ties caused in part by the residential schools. When he became president of the CCCB he arranged a trip to Rome with aboriginal leaders where a formal apology for the residential schools was issued by then Pope Benedict (Catholic Register, 7 January 2014).

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Title Annotation:DOMINION OF CANADA; James Weisgerber
Publication:Catholic Insight
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1CANA
Date:Feb 1, 2014
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