Pope urges Americans to maintain sense of responsibility

Clay Curtis
January 11, 2021

Pope Francis arrives to celebrate Mass on Christmas eve, at St Peter's basilica at the Vatican. Violent riots and clashes with the police resulted in the death of five people, leaving dozens more injured and causing damage to the Capitol building.

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Pope Francis urged Americans on Sunday to shun violence, seek reconciliation and protect democratic values, following the mob attack on the U.S. Capitol building by supporters of President Donald Trump that left five people dead.

"I exhort the authorities of the state and the entire population to maintain a high sense of responsibility with the aim of calming souls, promoting national reconciliation and safeguarding the democratic values rooted in American society", Francis said.

"I offer an affectionate greeting to the people of the United States, shaken by the recent siege of Congress", he said. "I pray for those who lost their lives, five lost in those dramatic moments", Pope Francis said after his Angelus address January 10. Nothing is gained with violence and so much is lost.

"May the Immaculate Virgin, patroness of the United States of America, help keep alive a culture of encounter, a culture of care, as a sure path to build the common good together with all who live in that land", he concluded.

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"It is striking that the Lord spent most of his time on Earth this way: living an ordinary life, without standing out". "I was stunned because they [the Americans] are such a disciplined people in democracy".

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This episode shows us how Jesus becomes the servant of sinners and is proclaimed the Son, he continued: "He lowers himself upon us and the Spirit descends upon him".

This is also the way, he emphasized, that we can lift up others: "not by judging, not by suggesting what to do, but by becoming neighbours, empathizing, sharing God's love".

In this interview, which is scheduled to be broadcast in full Sunday evening, he indicated that what happened should be "condemned" and "understood well in order to avoid its repetition and take lessons from history".

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