Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Jun 2, 2020 / 16:00 pm
Bishop Mark Seitz of El Paso led several of his priests in prayer in memory of George Floyd on Monday, June 1.
Seitz is the first U.S. Catholic bishop to physically and publicly join the protests and demonstrations against racial injustice and police brutality which spread across the country following Floyd’s death on May 25.
Seitz, along with a group of priests of his diocese, knelt for nine minutes of silent prayer. The bishop held a sign reading “Black Lives Matter.”
The first Catholic bishop to do so, @BishopSeitz, surrounded by his #ElPaso clergy, takes a knee to lead #nineminutes of silence to remember #GeorgeFloyd and pray for peace and justice. 🤎 #BlackLivesMatter #ICantBreathe pic.twitter.com/x8da0fhIft— HopeBorderInstitute (@HopeBorder) June 2, 2020
The service was held at the same spot where protestors and the El Paso police had clashed the previous night.
Seitz prayed for nine minutes as that was the same amount of time a now-former Minneapolis police officer knelt on the neck of George Floyd, killing him. The officer was fired and charged with murder.
Other members of the clergy present at the protest held signs reading “I can’t breathe,” which Floyd said to the police officer as he was being asphyxiated.