Washington’s Catholic archbishop has strongly criticised President Donald Trump’s visit to a shrine as civil unrest continues in the US over the death of a black man in police custody.
Tuesday’s visit “manipulated” the Saint John Paul II National Shrine, Archbishop Wilton D Gregory said.
Meanwhile, tens of thousands of people joined largely peaceful demonstrations in cities across the country.
In New York City, protesters defied an earlier curfew.
Traffic police were deployed to stop a repeat of the previous night’s looting in Manhattan, and there were no reports of major incidents.
At least 40 cities have imposed strict curfew measures after days of violent protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd, 46, in Minneapolis on 25 May.