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Bishop D.E. Garcia statement re: Mr. George Floyd

From: Bishop DoM <bishop@dioceseofmonterey.org>
Date: Wed, Jun 3, 2020, 17:13
Subject: Statement from Bishop Daniel E. Garcia re: the death of Mr. George Floyd

Dear brother priests and deacons,

Much has been said about the recent death of Mr. George Floyd in Minneapolis, MN and the subsequent protests and violence that we have all witnessed in our streets here in the United States.  Please see attached my statement and also a message that was delivered to us today from our Holy Father, Pope Francis.  This was part of his Wednesday Audience in Rome:

“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.” 

Below are two other links that were passed on to me through the USCCB:

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-06/pope-francis-usa-george-floyd-protests-no-racism-violence.html

https://cnstopstories.com/2020/06/03/pope-prays-for-u-s-calls-racism-a-pro-life-issue/

In Christ,

+Bishop Danny 

Most Reverend Daniel E. Garcia

Bishop of Monterey

425 Church Street

Monterey, CA 93940

Phone: (831) 373-4345

Email: bishop@dioceseofmonterey.org