Wednesday, saying that while racism is intolerable, the street violence
that has broken out is “self-destructive
and self-defeating”. Pope Francis
broke his silence on the tensions in the United States, which has seen
eight nights of protests over the death of a black man in police
custody, by dedicating the entire English-language section of his weekly
audience to the turmoil there.
African-American who died after a white policeman pinned his neck under a
knee for nearly nine minutes, “tragic”.
racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness
of every human life,” Francis said.
violence of recent nights is self-destructive and self-defeating.
Nothing is gained by violence and so much is lost,” he said.
Christian leaders who criticised him for using religious symbols as a
backdrop for staged photo opportunities.
displacement of peaceful protesters near the White House on Monday so
Trump could be photographed holding a Bible in front of an Episcopalian
said in a statement that John Paul “certainly would not condone the use
of tear gas and other deterrents to silence, scatter or intimidate them
for a photo opportunity in front of a place of worship and peace”.
John Paul shrine, saying he found it “baffling and reprehensible that
any Catholic facility would allow itself to be so egregiously misused