Pope Francis held on Wednesday of “intolerable” any form of racism, in response to the death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, but he has also condemned the violent reactions that followed.
“We can neither tolerate nor condone any form of racism or exclusion, and claim to defend the sanctity of all human life “, said pope Francis during his hearing on Wednesday. In addition, he described the racism of ” sin “.
“At the same time, we must recognize that the violence of recent nights is autodestructive,” added the pontiff, ” Nothing is gained with violence, while so many things are lost “, he still commented, when a specific message to the believers of the English language.
“I am following with great concern the painful social unrest that took place in your nation these days, following the tragic death of Mr George Floyd “, stressed pope Francis.
“Today I am united to the Church of St. Paul and Minneapolis, and the United States, to pray for the repose of the soul of George Floyd and to all those who have lost the life due to the sin of racism “, he continued.
“Let us pray for the comforting of families and friends burdened and pray for national reconciliation and peace, to which we aspire “, the pope said.
George Floyd, a black man of 46 years, died may 25 in Minneapolis (United States) by repeating “I can’t breathe” (” I can’t breathe “), lying on the ground, handcuffed, and with the neck under the knee of a police officer whose colleagues have remained passive. The autopsies have confirmed that the death was due to the pressure at the level of his neck.
Since then, a movement of anger against racism and police brutality has spread across the United States.