Pope calls for US reconciliation, condemns racism and street violence

The leader of Roman Catholic Church Pope Francis
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Ernest Sunday

Pope Francis has called for national reconciliation in the United States, stating that racism is intolerable and street violence is also "self-destructive and self-defeating".

The ongoing protest in the United States have seen many properties, shops destroyed and also caused injuries to many protestors calling for Justice and racism to be stopped. The rally has continued for eight days and still not seems to be halting any time soon as over 72 cities in the United States are participating in the protests.

The death of George Floyd, a black man who died in the hand of Minneapolis police officer kneeling on his neck has made people protesting against racism. The police had thrown teargas among protesters injuring many and also lead to the death of Louisville Barbecue Chef David McAtee.

On Wednesday Pope Francis has spoken about the protest calling the death of Floyd "tragic", he revealed he was praying for him and all who had died as a result of the "sin of racism", and said he was much disturbed by the social unrest that has followed.

"My friends, 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," Pope said.

"At the same time, we have to recognise that the violence of recent nights is self-destructive and self-defeating. Nothing is gained by violence, and so much is lost," Pope continued.

Pope urged Americans to implore God for "national reconciliation and peace for which we yearn" and asked Madonna to "intercede for all those who work for peace and justice in your land and throughout the world".

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