Pope Francis has said he was amazed at the US Capitol invasion by supporters of President Donald Trump on Wednesday.
The head of the Roman Catholic Church who condemned the invasion lamented the violence that took place on the day.
”I was amazed, because they are a people who are so disciplined in democracy,” Pope Francis told Italy’s Canale 5 news channel in his first public comments on the Washington mayhem.
“There is always something that isn’t working … (with) people taking a path against the community, against democracy, against the common good,” he said.
However, he added, even mature societies can have flaws, and there are often people “who take a path against the community, against democracy, and against the common good.”
“Violence must certainly be condemned,” the Pope continued. “It must always be condemned, regardless of those who perpetrate it.”
“There is no society which can boast of never having had a single day or case of violence,” the Pope said.
Therefore, he added, it a question of “understanding, so as not to repeat [the violence] and learn from history.”
In any case, Pope Francis concluded, “understanding is fundamental”, because it is the only way in which to to find a “remedy.”