Pope condemns attack on Capitol and calls for “lessons learned

Pope condemns attack on Capitol and calls for "lessons learned

Pope Francis, speaking of the attack on the U.S. Capitol, condemned those who opposed democracy. He said those people should be condemned, whoever they are, and lessons should be learned from the attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump.

“I was stunned because these people, so disciplined in their adherence to democracy. There’s always something that doesn’t work with people going against society, against democracy, against the common good. Thank God that this has erupted openly and is highly visible, because this is the way to fix the problem. This performance must be condemned, regardless of who is involved,” the pontiff told Italian news channel Canale 5.

Pope Francis added that violence can erupt anywhere, which is why it is so important to understand “what went wrong and to learn from history.”

“Marginalized groups that are poorly integrated into society commit this kind of violence sooner or later,” he said.

Rioters stormed the building Wednesday after Trump urged them to go to the Capitol and prove they won re-election back in November. Five people, including a police officer, were killed in the ensuing chaos.