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 Interfaith prayer service for peace, solidarity and unity

During the interfaith prayer service on Thursday night at the Cathedral, Archbishop Gomez was joined by Mayor Eric Garcetti and other religious and community leaders in calling for solidarity among all people of faith amid the uncertainty and fear from the Nov. 8th elections.  The prayer service was streamed live on the Cathedral’s facebook page.

•• Archbishop's Message

“Tonight in America, children are afraid. Men and women are worried and anxious, thinking about where they can run and hide. This is happening tonight, in America,” the archbishop said.  “The answer is not angry words or violence in the streets. It never solves anything. It only inflames it more. We need to be people of peace, people of compassion. Love not hate. Mercy not revenge,” he added. “These are the tools to rebuild our nation and renew the American dream. Tonight we promise our brothers and sisters who are undocumented — we will never leave you alone.”

>> Archbishop's Homily is also available in Audio (mp3) and in Downloadable Text (pdf)

•• Address by L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti

In his address, Mayor Garcetti called for unity.  “People turn to God in moments like this, he said. “I want, as leader of this City of angels, for us to embody that what we are: ‘La ciudad de Los Angeles.’  We are a place where people come from every walk of life, every continent on the face of the earth; we embody every color of skin.  Like the pilgrims on the walls of this Cathedral, marching forward to find a better life for each other.”

•• Live Broadcast Recording 

(includes Remarks by all Community & Religious Leaders)
Please note: The service was streamed live at  The service begins at minute 10 in the video below.  Move the bottom cursor to skip ahead.

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