Pope prays for U.S., calls racism a pro-life issue

Pope Francis

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Observing with great concern the social unrest unfolding in the United States, Pope Francis said no one can claim to defend the sanctity of every human life while turning a blind eye to racism and exclusion.

Trump visits shrine on anniversary of St. John Paul II visit to Poland

President Trump and Melania Trump pose near a statue of St. John Paul II.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump visited the St. John Paul II National Shrine in Washington June 2 before he signed an executive order back at the White House to expand U.S. support for international religious freedom efforts.

Bishops 'sickened' by Floyd's death, urge racism be met 'head-on'

Protesters in Minneapolis gather at the scene May 27, 2020, where George Floyd, an unarmed black man, was pinned down by a police officer kneeling on his neck before later dying in hospital May 25.

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The U.S. Catholic bishops said May 29 they "are broken-hearted, sickened and outraged to watch another video of an African American man being killed before our very eyes."