VATICAN CITY (RNS) — In Rome and at the Vatican, the death of George Floyd and the protests in the United States inspired anti-racism vigils and prayers over the weekend.

“Today is a day when the American community and not only that but the whole world should come together to seriously examine where as a world, as a people, we are all going,” said Cardinal Kevin Farrell, the head of the Vatican department for Family, Laity and Life, speaking to a group of reporters ahead of the vigil for George Floyd on Friday (June 5).

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Floyd, a black man, died in police custody on May 25, and the viral video of

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