“I urge the authorities and the people” of the United States “to hold high the sense of responsibility so that spirits can be reassured, that democratic values are protected and that national reconciliation is fostered”, declared the Pope during his traditional Sunday prayer of the Angelus, video broadcast –Covid obliges – from the Apostolic Palace of the Vatican and not from his window overlooking St. Peter’s Square.
“I extend a loving greeting to the people of the United States, shaken by the recent assault on Congress … I pray for those who lost their lives, numbering five. Violence is always self-destructive, always “, he insisted.
In an interview with the Italian television channel Canale 5, Pope Francis also said he was “stunned” by this violence in the United States, “because it is a people so disciplined in democracy”.
“This movement must be condemned”, estimated the Argentine pontiff in this interview which must be broadcast Sunday evening but of which some extracts were broadcast on Saturday. A movement to “understand well so that this does not repeat itself and learn from history,” he added.
These statements come as President Donald Trump could find himself as of Monday under the blow of a second impeachment procedure, a development without historical precedent, after the violence of January 6 on Capitol Hill.
A text of impeachment, written by elected Democrats in the House of Representatives, accuses him of having “deliberately made statements” which encouraged the invasion of the Congress building by his supporters.
Gathered by Donald Trump to demonstrate against the certification by Congress of Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election, they then burst during the parliamentary session. Events never before seen in Washington and in which five people died, including a police officer.