ROME — Pope Francis sent greetings and prayers to the American people Sunday while urging national reconciliation and the recovery of “democratic values.”
“I send an affectionate greeting to the people of the United States of America shaken by the recent assault on Congress,” the pontiff said after his weekly Angelus address. “I pray for those who lost their lives — 5 people — in those dramatic moments.”
“I reaffirm that violence is self-destructive always,” the pope continued. “Nothing is gained through violence and much is lost.”
“I exhort the state authorities and the entire population to maintain a great sense of responsibility in order to calm people’s spirits and promote national reconciliation and all the other democratic values rooted in American society,” he said.
“May the Immaculate Virgin, patroness of the United States of America, help keep alive a culture of encounter, a culture of care, as a sure