‘Rescind the Doctrine’ protest greets pope in Canada

People displays a banner during Pope Francis mass at the National Shrine of Saint Anne de Beaupré in Quebec City, Canada, on Thursday. Pope Francis celebrates Mass in Quebec and gives marching orders to the country’s priests, deacons and religious sisters. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

ST-ANNE-DE-BEAUPRÉ, Quebec — Pope Francis celebrated Mass on Thursday at Canada’s national shrine and came face-to-face with a long-standing demand from Indigenous peoples: to rescind the papal decrees underpinning the so-called “Doctrine of Discovery” and repudiate the theories that legitimized the colonial-era seizure of Native lands and form the basis of some property law today.