Pope says the 'movement' of violence at the Capitol must be condemned

Pope says the 'movement' of violence at the Capitol must be condemned
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Pope FrancisPope FrancisOvernight Defense: White House open to reforming war powers | Army base might house migrant children | Fauci scolds military on vaccine The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Senate begins marathon vote-a-rama before .9T COVID-19 relief passage Pope Francis lands in Iraq for historic papal visit MORE said that the “movement” of violence that took place at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday must be condemned.

The Associated Press reported his comments on Saturday made during an interview with Italian broadcaster Mediaset that will air Sunday.

In the interview, Francis says even “in the most mature reality, there is always something that doesn’t work, people who take a path against the community, against democracy and against the common good," AP reports.


“Thank God this exploded” into the open, Francis said, according to the news service. “So it can be seen, so it can be remedied.”

“This must be condemned, this movement, regardless of the people” involved, Francis said.

World leaders weighed in this week on the breach of the U.S. Capitol that left five dead, including a Capitol police officer and a 35-year-old woman who was shot. The Capitol was placed on lockdown as rioters overtook the Capitol, vandalizing offices and statues, as well as breaking windows.

Some demonstrators even entered the House and Senate chambers.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin TrudeauJustin Pierre James TrudeauBiden strikes optimistic tone in meeting with Mexican president White House: US will help Mexico after Americans vaccinated The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump teases on 2024 run MORE condemned President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump announces new tranche of endorsements DeSantis, Pence tied in 2024 Republican poll Lawmakers demand changes after National Guard troops at Capitol sickened from tainted food MORE and his allies on Friday for “inciting” the riots. 

“What we witnessed was an assault on democracy by violent rioters incited by the current president and other politicians,” Trudeau said during a news conference.


“As shocking, deeply disturbing, and frankly saddening as that event remains, we've also seen this week that democracy is resilient in America.”

Trump on Wednesday gave a speech at a rally of his supporters on the National Mall in which he encouraged his supporters to march to the Capitol and demand that Congress only count the electors who were "lawfully slated." 

Following his remarks, the mob of rioters overtook Capitol Hill.