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Pope Francis Says 'Sin Of Racism' Cannot Be Tolerated Amid George Floyd Protests

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By Clark Sparky

The groundswell of protests across the United States in the wake of the killing of George Floyd cannot be ignored, and that extends to countries overseas. Anti-racism demonstrations have broken out in European cities, as well, and on Wednesday even Pope Francis weighed in on the situation.

He said during his address that was livestreamed from the library of the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace that he was "witnessed with great concern" what is going on in America and has been praying for the sole of George Floyd.

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Pope Frances said that “we cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life.”

He added that he joins all of the United States in "praying for the repose of the soul of George Floyd and of all those others who have lost their lives as a result of the sin of racism."

The Pope also addressed some of the violence that has broken out at the protests.

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He said that it is "self-destructive and self-defeating" and that "nothing is gained" through violence.

Floyd was killed on May 25th when Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin put his knee on the back of Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes while he was laying face down on the pavement with his hands cuffed behind his back.

He was rushed the hospital after the officer finally got off him, but was later pronounced dead. The whole thing was caught on camera by a bystander.

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Chauvin has subsequently been charged with third degree murder and manslaughter. There were three other police officers on the scene at the time, and while all three have been fired, none of them have been formally charged with any crimes yet.

Washington said Floyd moved from his hometown of Houston to Minnesota to build a better life for himself. While she and Gianna lived away from him, Washington said Floyd was always a very supportive father.

There will be a public memorial service for him in Houston next week.

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