By Amechi Idumuebor (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Pope Francis has today broken his silence over the death of George Floyd, praying for all those killed by the ‘sin of racism’ and condemning ‘self-defeating’ violent protests across the US.
The pontiff said ‘we cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism’ as he dedicated the entire English-language section of his weekly audience to the situation in America.
But he also condemned the violence that followed Floyd’s death in the city of Minneapolis last week as ‘self-destructive and self-defeating’.
‘Nothing is gained by violence and so much is lost,’ Francis added, before calling for national reconciliation and peace.
Floyd, 46, an unarmed black man, suffocated as a white police officer knelt on his neck, sparking widespread demonstrations against systemic racism and police brutality.