MEXICO CITY – Mexico's president has asked Spain and the Vatican to apologize for the conquest of America.
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador says he sent a letter to King Felipe VI in Spain and Pope Francis about what he called an "invasion" and "many godly injuries that were committed."
Lopez Obrador says there were "killings, decommitments" and "the so-called conquest was carried out with the sword and the cross." He apologizes for "the indigenous people for the violations of what is now known to be human rights."
The Spanish government issued a statement later Monday and regrets that March 1 was published and rejected the content "with all firmness."
That said acts 500 years ago "cannot be judged in the light of contemporary considerations."