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

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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.


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