Catholics’ postelection to-do list: work for unity, healing

U.S. President Barack Obama shook hands with President-elect Donald Trump at a Nov. 10 meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.

WASHINGTON — All the distrust, vitriol and rancor stirred up during the 2016 presidential election campaign did not go away when votes were tallied.

The Nov. 8 election's outcome, for many, only added more layers of frustration, anger and fear, prompting dozens of protests across the country.

Political leaders, including Hillary Clinton, President-elect Donald Trump and President Barack Obama, acknowledged the disunity and urged people after the election to try to work together.

Editorial | A time for unity

The speeches by President-elect Donald Trump and former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton the day after the Nov. 8 election are heartening and, we hope, heartfelt.

Both talked about the nation coming together to overcome divides that were evident during the election campaigns. Trump praised his opponent, saying that we owe her a major debt of gratitude for her service to our country.

Mass marathon focuses on ultimate prayers for our country

A marathon of Masses was celebrated on Election Day, Nov. 8, at St. George Church, in Affton. The Rosary was prayed between Masses. Msgr. Eugene Morris celebrated the noon Mass presenting a homily that was met with great applause. Donna Hellwege, a parishioner at Our Lady of Providence, prayed during Mass.

Mary Broome needed only one word to summarize the Mass Marathon at St. George Church on election day.

As a first-time voter, Father Harrison calls voting a privelege

After living in the United States for nearly nine years, Australian-born Father Brian Harrison, OS, is finally eligible to put an "I'm Catholic and I vote" bumper sticker on the back of his car. Father Harrison, rector at St. Mary of Victories Church, was naturalized as a U.S. citizen at a ceremony Aug. 26. He was able to vote for the first time and cast his ballot at the Metropolitan Community Church polling station in St. Louis

When Father Brian Harrison, OS, came to his polling place in the Soulard neighborhood of south St. Louis, he was treated especially well.

It wasn't because he was wearing a Roman collar — though one man outside on the parking lot still in Halloween mode asked if he was in costume — but rather because supervisor Jim Senyard and the election judges learned that he was a first-time voter in the United States.

At USCCB Assembly, bishops to elect officers, hear task force report, vote on action plan

WASHINGTON — The U.S. bishops will discuss ways to promote peace in U.S. communities torn apart by violence, vote on ways to implement priority areas for their conference approved last year and elect new leaders during their Nov. 14-16 fall general assembly in Baltimore.

The discussion about restoring peace in the nation will stem from a report to be presented to the bishops from a task force formed this past summer after shootings by police and of police.

TWENTY SOMETHING | A cure for election overload, a quest for peace

It's almost as if November's Mass readings were written for election-weary Catholics, with their foreboding tones and calls for "perseverance" and "endurance" amid distress.

"They will seize you and persecute you," St. Luke warns.

"Let us then throw off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light," St. Paul exhorts.

Polls confirm what Facebook makes clear: Americans were disgusted by this presidential campaign. And when the two primary candidates registered record highs in unfavorable ratings, it was clear many would be unhappy no matter the victor.

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