The "13 Indigenous Grandmothers" Seek to Revoke 15th Century Papal Bulls
Many thanks to Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz for this information.


July 03, 2008: The International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers is making a journey next week to the Vatican, calling upon the Holy See to acknowledge and revoke  the papal bulls

Dum diversas, June 18, 1452;
Romanus Pontifex:January 8, 1455;
Inter Caetera, May 4, 1493.

These papal edicts calls for the overthrow of “barbarous nations and authorized Portugal “to invade, search out, capture, vanquish and subdue all Saracens and pagans whatsoever, and other enemies of Christ wheresoever placed …” and  “reduce their persons to perpetual slavery.”

The Council’s trip to Rome is one of many requests from various Indigenous groups going back to 1984. They are calling on the Holy See to acknowledge  and revoke these papal edicts.

Admitting to and revoking the bulls would reinforce the Vatican’s statement that the “Holy See, for its part, is doing all it can towards the advancement of moral principles and the conditions for  ensuring peace, justice and social progress in a context of ever more  effective respect of human rights.”