Mexico President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador asked Pope Francis in a letter released on October 10, 2020, for an apology for the Church’s role in the oppression of indigenous people in the Spanish conquest 500 years ago.
In a letter to the Pope, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said the Spanish crown, Spain’s Government and the Vatican should apologize to native people for the “most reprehensible atrocities” committed after Spanish conquistadors arrived in Mexico in 1521.
“They deserve not just that generous attitude on our part but also sincere commitments that never again will disrespectful acts be committed against their beliefs and cultures,” the President said in the letter, published on social media.
Spanish conquest of Latin America, including Mexico, had wiped out indigenous population and religion. Spanish Conquistadors, who were Christians, equated the local religion to devil worship and destroyed cultural symbols, book, places of worship etc. Catholic churches played a key role as Spain colonized America and spread its empire, setting up missions to convert indigenous people to Christianity.