George Floyd: Pope Francis condemns racism and violent protests

George Floyd: Pope Francis condemns racism and violent protests

- 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

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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.

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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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Source: Briefly.co.za

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