- The killing of George Floyd by a white police officer has been condemned by Pope Francis
- Floyd was killed when a policeman knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes
- The pontiff, however, called for calm, saying nothing is gained by violence while much is lost
Pope Francis has condemned the killing of George Floyd by a white policeman who knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes.
The pontiff, who spoke at the General Audience, also called for calm, saying violence is self-destructive and self-defeating, Vatican News reports.
Briefly.co.za gathers that the pontiff said nothing is gained by violence and so much is lost.
Pope Francis prayed for the repose of the soul of Floyd and others who have died as a result of racism.
He said he is concerned after witnessing the disturbing social unrest in the United States in the days after Floyd was killed.
The pope added:
“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.”
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