During his Angelus address yesterday, Pope Francis spoke on the recent violence at the US Capitol.

“I extend an affectionate greeting to the people of the United States of America, shaken by the recent siege of Congress. I pray for those who lost their lives, five lost in those dramatic moments. I reaffirm that violence is always self-destructive. Nothing is gained with violence and so much is lost. I urge the authority of the state and the entire population to maintain a high sense of responsibility in order to calm the spirits, promote national reconciliation and protect the democratic values rooted in American society.”

Afterwards, he invoked the intercession of the Immaculate Virgin, Patroness of the USA.

“May the Immaculate Virgin, Patroness of the United States of America, help to keep alive the culture of encounter, the culture of care, as the main way to build the common good together.”

Pope Francis spoke twice on the Capitol yesterday, in an interview with Italian news program TgCom24, an excerpt of which is below:

“I was astonished, because they are a people so disciplined in democracy, right? But it’s a reality. Something isn’t working, people taking a path against the community, against democracy, against the common good. Thanks be to God that this has broken out and there was a chance to see it well so that now you can try and heal it. Yes, this must be condemned, this movement. It must always be condemned, regardless of those who perpetrate it. There is no society which can boast of never having had a single day or case of violence. It is a question of understanding, so as not to repeat the violence and learn from history. Understanding is fundamental because it is the only way in which to find a remedy.”

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