Pope Francis ‘astonished’ by Capitol siege and ‘thanks God riot exploded’ so action can be taken

POPE Francis has said he was astonished by the mob attack at the US Capitol due to the democratic traditions of the United States.

The pope said in an interview with Mediaset that the broadcaster is set to air on Sunday that even "in the most mature reality, there is always something that doesn't work, people who take a path against the community, against democracy and against the common good.

In a brief excerpt posted on Mediasets website on Saturday, Francis said: "Thank God this exploded into the open so it can be seen, so it can be remedied.

"This must be condemned, this movement, regardless of the people involved," he said of the rioting and violence on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.

Supporters seething over President Donald Trump's election defeat stormed the Capitol as Congress was finalizing President-elect Joe Biden's victory, believing Trump's false claims of a rigged election.

A total of five people died, including a police officer.

"Violence is always like this, isn't it?" the pontiff said. No population can boast of not having one day a case of violence.

"It happens in history. But we must understand well, so as not to repeat it, learn from history, learn that groups… that are not well integrated into society, sooner or later will have these eruptions of violence."

Trump is facing an unprecedented second impeachment as Democrats officially push forward to charge him with "inciting insurrection" in the wake of the deadly Capitol siege.

Democrats have already drafted the single article for Trump's impeachment that will be formally introduced on Monday, according to reports.

The impeachment articles will reportedly be formally introduced on Monday by House Democrats as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi "pushes for removal" after the Capitol Hill riots.

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