The death of George Floyd sparked anger and sadness in the whole world, not just in the US. Therefore, Pope Francis expressed his condolences for him and all those who’ve lost their lives because of the sin that is racism.
On Wednesday, at the Vatican during his Angelus prayer, the Pope broke the silence about his views on the events taking place in the US.
“Dear brothers and sisters in the United States, I have witnessed with great concern the disturbing social unrest in your nation in these past days, following the tragic death of Mr. George Floyd.”
“At the same time, we have to recognize that the violence of recent nights is self-destructive and self-defeating. Nothing is gained by violence and so much is lost.”
“My friends, we cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life.”
As it was claimed by a Vatican spokesperson, the Pope mentioning a certain person’s name was a “special appeal”, a very rare situation.