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Sisters of Mercy Respond to the 2020 U.S. Election

November 07, 2020

During this election season, millions of Americans exercised their right to vote. In spite of a global pandemic and wide scale voter suppression, a diverse coalition of voters, organizers and activists made their voices heard and Joe Biden will be the new president of the United States. 

Although voting is now behind us, the painful divisions in our nation are not. Today, we urge everyone who calls the United States home to commit to bridging the deep divisions within the country, and we ask for the prayers of our sisters and brothers around the world. 

We believe that Americans, regardless of party affiliations and ideologies, can and must work together to address the immense challenges facing our country.  The COVID-19 pandemic, the country’s systemic racial injustice and race-based violence, economic crisis, climate emergency, and an unjust and broken immigration system all require justice, as well as the energy and talents of each one of us.  

As all new elected officials begin their work, the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas will continue to stand in solidarity with our sisters and brothers who are suffering and most impacted. 

Joe Biden has shared how his Catholic faith has shaped his political and personal life. We are hopeful that he will continue to be a leader whose deep-rooted faith in Catholic Social Teaching is a driving force of good behind the work of his administration.

As Sisters of Mercy, we have committed ourselves “to grow in our personal practice of nonviolence and peacemaking, actively collaborate with communities and organizations that foster peace and nonviolence and work to change violent systems and structures.” 

We will continue to raise our moral voice and act for justice to counter divisive public policies. We will continue championing those among us who need our ministries the most. And we urge others to join us in prayer, peaceful dialogue and meaningful action. 

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