Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Monday 25 January |
The Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul
home iconChurch
line break icon

Pope on Capitol violence: Understand, so as not to repeat

WEB2-CAPITOLE-UNITED STATES-AFP-075_nacion-uspresid210106_npyIS.jpg

John Nacion / NurPhoto / NurPhoto via AFP

VaticanNews.va - published on 01/09/21

"I was amazed, because they are a people who are so disciplined in democracy,” said Pope Francis.

Pope Francis says the unfolding of events on Capitol Hill in Washington DC on January 6 “came as a surprise” to him. However, he noted, no society can consider itself immune from subversive elements.

His words come as part of an interview conducted by the Italian “Canale 5” television network, which will be broadcast on Sunday evening.

“I was amazed, because they are a people who are so disciplined in democracy,” said Pope Francis.

However, he added, even mature societies can have flaws, and there are often people “who take a path against the community, against democracy, and against the common good.”

Violence must certainly be condemned, the Pope continued. “It must always be condemned, regardless of those who perpetrate it.”

A time for “healing”

“There is no society which can boast of never having had a single day or case of violence,” the Pope said.

Therefore, he added, it a question of “understanding, so as not to repeat [the violence] and learn from history.”

In any case, Pope Francis concluded, “understanding is fundamental,” because it is the only way in which to find a remedy.


WEB2-CAPITOLE-UNITED STATES-AFP-075_nacion-uspresid210106_npyIS.jpg

Read more:
Bishop Barron calls for national examination of conscience

Tags:
Pope FrancisUnited States
Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in eight languages: English, French, Arabic, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...




Top 10
1
LUXOR FILM FESTIVAL
Zoe Romanowsky
20-year-old filmmaker wins award for powerful 1-minute film about...
2
Philip Kosloski
When did Christians start praying the Hail Mary?
3
Philip Kosloski
What are the corporal works of mercy?
4
PHILIP RIVERS
Cerith Gardiner
Quarterback Philip Rivers' retirement announcement reflects his s...
5
DAD, HOW DO I?
Cerith Gardiner
Meet the dad who's teaching basic skills on YouTube for kids with...
6
CONSOLE
Philip Kosloski
What are the spiritual works of mercy?
7
Fr. Patrick Briscoe, OP
The 4 Ways to read Scripture every Catholic should know
See More
Newsletter
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.