Pope Francis has spoken out about events in the United States, condemning the siege of Congress by supporters of President Donald Trump that left five people dead.
Speaking after the Angelus in Rome, Pope Francis said: “I extend an affectionate greeting to the people of the United States of America, shaken by the recent siege of Congress.
“I pray for those who lost their lives – five – lost it in those dramatic moments. I repeat that violence is always self-destructive. Nothing is gained with violence and a lot is lost.
“I urge the authorities of the state and the entire population to maintain a high sense of responsibility, in order to calm souls, promote national reconciliation and protect the democratic values ??rooted in American society. May the Immaculate Virgin, Patroness of the United States of America, help to keep alive the culture of encounter, the culture of care, as the main way to build together the common good; and do it with all those who live in that land.”
He also tweeted: “I am praying for the United States of America, shaken by the recent attack on Congress. I pray for those who lost their life. Violence is always self-destructive. I urge everyone to promote a culture of encounter and of care to construct the common good.”
Earlier, Pope Francis said he was “astonished” by the violent breach of the US Capitol, especially because the people of the United States are “so disciplined in democracy”.
In an interview with Italy's Canale 5, broadcast today, the Pope was asked about Trump supporters storming the Capitol, leaving five people dead.
Violence, he said, must always be condemned, but it also is true that in even the most “mature” societies, there are violent minorities, “people taking a path against the community, against democracy, against the common good”.
He continued: “But thank God this erupted and people could see it well. That way it can be remedied.
“No nation can brag about never having a case of violence – it happens. We must understand it, so it is not repeated – learn from history, right?”
He also spoke about the Covid-19 vaccine.