U.S. bishops’ president condemns violence at U.S. Capitol, prays for safety

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A security officer gestures after supporters of President Donald Trump breached security defenses at the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C, on January 6. That evening, Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, condemned the violence and prayed for safety. Photo: CNS/Mike Theiler, Reuters A security officer gestures after supporters of President Donald Trump breached security defenses at the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C, on January 6. That evening, Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, condemned the violence and prayed for safety. Photo: CNS/Mike Theiler, Reuters

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The president of the U.S. bishops’ conference has joined “people of good will” in condemning the violence at that erupted at the U.S. Capitol January 6 that interrupted a session of Congress to certify the 2020 presidential election.

“This is not who we are as Americans,” Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said in a statement the evening of January 6.

The Capitol was put on lockdown and lawmakers, including Vice President Mike Pence, were rushed to safety after an angry mob broke into the building. 

“I am praying for members of Congress and Capitol staff and for the police and all those working to restore order and public safety,” the archbishop said. 

The peaceful transition of power “is one of the hallmarks of this great nation,” he said. “In this troubling moment, we must recommit ourselves to the values and principles of our democracy and come together as one nation under God.

“I entrust all of us to the heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary,” the archbishop continued. “May she guide us in the ways of peace, and obtain for us wisdom and the grace of a true patriotism and love of country.”