Dear Brothers and Sisters in the United States, I have witnessed with great concern the disturbing unrest in your country in the past few days, following the tragic death of Mr. George Floyd. My friends, we cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism or exclusion in any form, yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life. At the same time, we have to realize 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 of Minneapolis and St. Paul, and all the United States, in praying for the repose of the soul of George Floyd, and 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 pray for the reconciliation and peace for which we yearn. Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of America, pray for all those who work for peace and justice in the United States and throughout the world.