Closing their eyes, they covered their faces with masks, white roses in their hands and handwritten signs that read “Black Lives Matter,” and 12 other priests from the Diocese of El Paso remained silent for 8 minutes 46 seconds on Monday.
They were silently praying for Georgie Floyd, a black man who had died in the custody of Minneapolis police, at the same time an officer had knelt on his neck.
“Honestly, what I’ve done and what I’ve said is a very small way to participate in what they’re doing in their peaceful protest,” Seyez said.
Two days after the pastor’s prayer, Setage had just finished the Mass celebration when he received a call on his cell phone from Pontiff himself.
In Spanish, Francis told Sage how grateful he was for Sage’s response to Floyd’s death.
“Through me, he is expressing solidarity with everyone who is willing to resign and who needs this change.” “It will never happen again. Wherever there is a lack of respect for people, where there is judgment based on their skin color, it must be eradicated.
“It needs to change in law enforcement, in business, in government, in every aspect of our society. And now we know very clearly that the Holy Father is praying for it.”
Francis called Floyd’s death “tragic” and said he was praying for him and “for those who lost their lives as a result of the sin of racism.”