Bishop Zubik Urges Calm Riots Take Place In Pittsburgh During George Floyd Protest Violence

Jeff Oravitz
May 30, 2020 - 7:47 pm
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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Bishop David Zubik  of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh is urging calm as rioting and looting take hold in the city during George Floyd protests.

The Bishop released the following statement Saturday evening:

"Watching a peaceful protest against racial injustice break down into violence in Pittsburgh, I am sending out an urgent call for calm as we work for justice. I ask all believers to pray and act for peace, unity and that perfect balance of justice and mercy that is the hallmark of God’s work in our world.

I mourn with the family of George Floyd and all who have lost loved ones to inexcusable violence. I especially pray with and for the members of the African American community.

Racism is a sin. We must all work to overcome the injustice with which this sin infects our society. Some of the protests are occurring near Freedom Corner, which is an historic gathering place to call for unity and the true justice whose fruit is peace. It happens as we Christians prepare to celebrate the Feast of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit’s flames inspired a movement to preach God’s love and mercy -- Who is Jesus Himself. May Jesus now give us that peace which only He can give and no one can take away."

Protests turned violent Saturday afternoon during George Floyd protests in the City of Pittsburgh.

Floyd, a black man, was killed while in custody by a white police officer, Derek Chauvin. Chauvin has since been fired from his job, arrested and charged with 3rd degree murder and manslaughter.

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