Earlier today, the president visited St. John Paul II Shrine in Washington, D.C., his second photo op at a church in the DC-area in two days. Yesterday, protesters were tear-gassed and cleared so that the president could walk to St. John’s Episcopal Church where he held up a bible and had his picture taken.

For today’s visit, several hundred people turned out to witness for peace and racial justice as a counter to the president’s visit to the shrine. Pax Christi USA members and staff joined with many of our partner organizations to speak up against the president’s words, tone and policies that stand in direct opposition to the gospel of Jesus. The peaceful protest stated unequivocally that #BlackLivesMatter and that we are committed to peace and justice.

We want to thank Archbishop Wilton Gregory who put out a powerful statement about the visit to the shrine. Click here to read his statement.



11 thoughts on “Catholics protest president’s visit to St. John Paul II Shrine in D.C.

  1. Of course conscientious Catholics should protest. We very deeply resent the hypocrisy of a known member of the KKK, who’s son of a known KKK member. A tree is known by its fruit. Trump’s the biggest impostor of my 70+ years living. Sadly I write this: Mr. Trump, disown the Ku Klux Klan Now. I dare you. Be real. God is merciful and you need to seek mercy publicly before you die.

  2. Donald J Trump apparently is a shameless liar and hypocrite. A tree is known by its fruit. Mr. Trump, bear fruits worthy of repentance. Do not presume to call yourself a child of God. Bear fruit.

  3. Dear Pax Christi,
    Thank you for standing up to the outrageous insult to our religious monuments by president trump. Our country is in great peril now because of the reckless actions of the president. The courage you have shown brings hope that common sense and love for one another will soon be the norm once again. Thank you.

  4. Thank you Archbishop for strong comment.
    Who “invited’ potus to visit the shrine? Lots of people around him are busy thinking up influential connections to influence those with limited experience with our reality. God bless so many young people standing up for human rights and dignity.
    Actually “the NORM” was never common sense and love. The norm has been good manners if you needed them, that is if avoidance wasn’t working. Let us all pray for a change of heart, so that we can be open to the actual meaning of “in Christ we ARE one”. Yes thank you.

  5. Thank you for being a” Brave” Catholic and denounce racism. Racism is a disgraceful crime. Rejection kills the soul. Destroy the person.
    I’m a catholic and, I cannot understand why 60% of catholics cannot see the damage that Mr. Trump is doing to our Country. is

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