Open Wide Our Hearts

Full Statement from Pope Francis, June 3, 2020

In the wake of George Floyd’s death, we grieve.  We grieve because as people of faith, we hold dear the sanctity of all life.  This page will continue to be updated with content we hope will be of service to our community as we process and pray through this time of deep moral reflection.  Fr. Tony will address this important matter of Christian concern during his homily on the weekend of June 13th and 14th

"Dear brothers and sisters in the United States, I have witnessed with great concern the disturbing social unrest in your nation in these past days, following the tragic death of Mr George Floyd.

My friends, 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. At the same time, we have to recognize that “the violence of recent nights is self-destructive and self-defeating. Nothing is gained by violence and so much is lost”.

Today I join the Church in Saint Paul and Minneapolis, and in the entire 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. Let us pray for the consolation of their grieving families and friends and let us implore the national reconciliation and peace for which we yearn. May Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of America, intercede for all those who work for peace and justice in your land and throughout the world.

May God bless all of you and your families."

- Pope Francis, June 3, 2020