Congress Officially Certifies Electoral College Vote After Violence at the Capitol

In a joint session late Wednesday night, Congress certified the electoral college vote, affirming Joe Biden as the next president of the United States after an afternoon attack on the Capitol building by pro-Trump protesters. The protest and ensuing violence left five people dead, one from a gunshot wound, one member of the Capitol police, and three others from medical emergencies. It was a very sad day for America.  

St. Louis Archbishop Mitchell Rozanski joined other bishops in condemning the violence, taking to social media Wednesday night to say on Twitter, "We are called to act for the greater good, seeking the way of peace, not violence, to foster true healing for our United States." He called for prayers for the souls of those who lost their lives and for lawmakers to work for the greater good of the people of the United States. Archbishop Gomez, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) stated that "[t]he peaceful transition of power is one of the hallmarks of this great nation. In this troubling moment, we must recommit ourselves to the values and principles of our democracy and come together as one nation under God."

January 11, 2021 - 4:22pm
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