Renée K. Gadoua is a Syracuse, N.Y.-area freelance writer and editor. She contributes to Religion News Service as well as numerous other publications. Previously, she was religion reporter for the Syracuse Post-Standard. Her religion writing has won awards from Religion Newswriters Association and the New York State Associated Press Association. Learn more at and follow her on Twitter @ReneeKGadoua.

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Walk in Syracuse, NY, honors victims, survivors of residential schools

More than 100 people walked about 6 miles from the Onondaga Nation to Columbus Circle in downtown Syracuse to honor victims and survivors of residential schools for Indigenous children.

Bishop supports apology on papal bulls that justified Indigenous oppression

Bishop Douglas Lucia, whose downtown Syracuse office sits on the ancestral lands of the Onondaga Nation, hopes to meet with Pope Francis "to re-examine" 15th-century Vatican documents that justified colonization, land takeovers and oppression of Indigenous peoples.

Honoring Onondaga's Oren Lyons, Le Moyne grapples with Jesuit history

The Native leader is receiving an honorary degree from Le Moyne, in a recognition of the role the Jesuits — and the college's namesake — played "on the frontiers of colonization."

Syracuse program gives abuse victims until May 16 to file claims

Bishop Robert Cunningham announced on Ash Wednesday that the Syracuse Diocese has established an Independent Reconciliation Compensation Program for survivors of clergy sexual abuse.