Pope Francis, speaking publicly for the first time about the assault on the U.S. Capitol, on Sunday, exhorted government leaders in the United States “and the entire population to maintain a high sense of responsibility in order to soothe tempers, promote national reconciliation and protect the democratic values rooted in American society.”
Speaking after reciting the Angelus from the private library of the apostolic palace, where he has previously met with U.S. presidents Barack Obama and Donald J. Trump, Pope Francis began by saying, “I extend an affectionate greetings to the people of the United States of America, shaken by the recent siege of the Congress.” He prayed for the five people who lost their lives “in those dramatic moments.”
Vatican sources told America that Pope Francis is “deeply concerned” about the situation in the United States and is praying for peace and harmony in the country, which he visited in 2015.
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Gerard O’Connell is America’s Vatican correspondent.
With thanks to America Magazine and Gerard O’Connell, where this article originally appeared.