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Wed Jun 3, 2020, 01:22 PM

Pope Francis decries racism but says 'nothing is gained by violence'

Pope Francis spoke out on Wednesday about U.S. protests in reaction to the killing of George Floyd, calling for "national reconciliation and peace" to stop "the disturbing social unrest."

Francis, addressing the English-language faithful among his weekly general audience at the Vatican, called racism a "sin" and said that "we cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism."

But he also said that the violence in the wake of many recent demonstrations is "self-destructive."

"Nothing is gained by violence, and so much is lost," he added.

At: https://abcnews.go.com/International/pope-francis-decries-racism-gained-violence/story?id=71044924



Pope Francis, earlier today: "Nothing is gained by violence, and so much is lost."

His native Argentina saw a wave of political violence in the mid-1970s, that gave the country's hard-right elements the pretext they needed to stage a coup in 1976 - followed by widespread human rights abuses and at least 22,000 disappearances.

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