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ST. JOHN’S, Newfoundland and Labrador (LifeSiteNews) — Canadian Catholics have succeeded in saving an iconic cathedral and its buildings for their community.

St. John’s Basilica in St. John’s, Newfoundland has been sold for over $3 million to a committee representing three different Catholic groups. The joint purchase was made by the Basilica Heritage Foundation, St. Bon’s Forum, and St. Bonaventure’s College. 

“The joint bid committee … is pleased to announce that they have been successful in securing the Basilica Cathedral of St. John the Baptist and its block of attached properties (pending final court approval),” the committee stated in a press release on Tuesday.  

“The group is extremely grateful to the community for its support and looks to a bright future for these properties for centuries to come.” 

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The Archdiocese of St. John’s in Newfoundland has been selling church properties in the attempt to gather enough funds to pay victims who suffered abuse at Mount Cashel Orphanage. 

Last month, over a dozen parishes were listed in a bankruptcy sale to earn millions of dollars for compensation. When the need for extensive funding became clear, parishes in the diocese were given a deadline of June 2 for submitting bids to keep their places of worship.  

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This time last year, Justin Trudeau and his media allies were at the forefront of falsely accusing Catholic institutions of having buried Indigenous children in mass graves at various residential schools across Canada.

There was and is no credible evidence to support these wild accusations, but many Canadians are still unaware of the facts.

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The anger generated by the media at home and abroad saw over twenty Canadian churches burned, and extensive damage done to many more, but the record has never been set straight in what amounts to a disinformation campaign. 

Terry Glavin at the National Post recently wrote a masterful piece that may go down in history as the definitive “debunking” of the assertions about the mass graves that never were.

Glavin points out that “nothing new was added to the public record” concerning the history of residential schools in Canada.

“The legacy of the schools had already been exhaustively explored in the testimony of hundreds of elders and a series of inquiries, public hearings, criminal cases, settlements and federal investigations going back decades. Most important of these efforts were the widely publicized undertakings of the 2008-2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC), and the content of its voluminous findings,” Glavin wrote.

“…[N]ot a single mass grave was discovered in Canada last year,” he added.

“The several sites of unmarked graves that captured international headlines were either already-known cemeteries, or they remain sites of speculation even now, unverified as genuine grave sites.”

“Not a single child” accounted for during the extensively researched commission “was located in any of these places,” Glavin underscored.

“In none of these places were any human remains unearthed.”

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Even Trudeau's kneeling at what was reported upon as a just-discovered residential school burial ground was a lie - it was actually a well-known Catholic cemetery, but the media didn't let these details get in the way of reinforcing their narrative.

Trudeau also called on Pope Francis to come to Canada and apologize for what had happened, as outlets like Reuters, the New York Times and scores more told the world that “nearly 1000 bodies” had been found in two mass graves. 

Those online articles were quietly edited from "mass graves" to "unmarked graves", but we still have the Twitter posts from major outlets like Reuters to prove the staggering level of misinformation. 

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According to an extensive investigation by Professor Emeritus Jacques Rouillard from the Université de Montréal: “The ‘discovery’ was first reported last May 27 (2021) by Tk’emlúps te secwépemc First Nation Chief Rosanne Casimir after an anthropologist, Sarah Beaulieu, used ground-penetrating radar in a search for the remains of children alleged by some to be buried there.”

“Her preliminary report is actually based on depressions and abnormalities in the soil of an apple orchard near the school – not on exhumed remains.”

Professor Rouillard opined that the unverifiable narrative of what could have amounted to child-murder has led to the false assertion of genocide, an assertion without any supporting evidence.

“By never pointing out that it is only a matter of speculation or potentiality, and that no remains have yet been found, governments and the media are simply granting credence to what is really a thesis: the thesis of the ‘disappearance’ of children from residential schools,” Rouillard wrote.  

“And all of this is based only on soil abnormalities that could easily be caused by root movements, as the anthropologist herself cautioned in the July 15 press conference.”  

The vast majority of Canadians have been misled by the media and Mr. Trudeau, believing the most incredible smears imaginable, leading to scores of attacks on churches around the country. 

It's time we heard the truth.

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We are also cc'ing Canada's Catholic bishops on this petition - they must also demand the record be corrected, lest Canadians continue believing the mainstream media's disinformation. 

For More Information: 

How the world's media got it wrong on residential school graves - National Post

Trudeau lied about the bogus mass grave story - LifeSiteNews

Trudeau's narrative was a hoax - LifeSiteNews

**Photo: St. Jean Baptiste Church in Morinville burned to the ground on June 30, 2021**

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Saving the basilica was quickly recognized as an important cause as local Catholics came together to buy the property.  

The Basilica Heritage Foundation was founded as an organization devoted to the maintenance and restoration of St. John’s as a “National Historic Site of Canada”. When the property was put up for sale, the group partnered with St. Bon’s Forum and St. Bonaventure’s College to raise enough money to keep the site in Catholic hands. 

“Acquiring these properties means that The Basilica Heritage Foundation is now able to maintain and also preserve the Basilica, as a faith, heritage and cultural centre for Newfoundland and Labrador,” the press release continued.  

“It also means that St. Bonaventure’s College will continue to educate students, focusing on the whole person: mind, body and spirit. And the Forum will operate as a hockey rink facilitating recreation, athletics and leadership training.” 

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Now that the basilica has been saved from potential repurposing, the joint committee looks forward to the organization’s ongoing work “to provide a home for education, growth, culture and community.”