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Local Catholic Groups 'Unite In Prayer' For Peace And Unity During Uncertain Election

Cory Sharber
The Sisters of Notre Dame in Covington, Ky. and the Sisters of Divine Providence in Melbourne, Ky. gathered at Goebel Park to pray for peace and unity for the nation during a contentious political season.

As we wait for election results to come in, religious leaders from Northern Kentucky gathered to encourage peace and unity for the nation.

The Sisters of Notre Dame of Covington and the Sisters of Divine Providence in Melbourne have been gathering at Goebel Park for nearly three years to pray for peace and unity. With tensions rising over a close presidential race, Sister Leslie Keener said this is a great time to come together.

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Sister Leslie Keener addresses the gathering at Goebel Park in Covington, Ky. on Nov. 5, 2020.

"Especially now, when everything is still up in the air and there's a lot of division, it seemed extra important to host this right now," Keener said.

Despite the event being organized by a Catholic group, all faiths were welcome to attend. Sister Ruth Lubbers said the most important thing to take away from these events is a sense of peace.

"God's with us in all of this," Lubbers said. "Even in the tumult that can be around us, God's there and we don't want to ever forget that."

Kathleen Brossart said a lot of anxiety has been caused simply just from waiting for the election results.

"Coming here and seeing the rest of this community that's also able to come together and willing to do that and take the time out, because I think there's a hunger for that, it brings peace," Brossart said.

Ballots are still being counted across the country. Currently, Joe Biden is leading President Donald Trump in the Electoral College 264 to 214.

A voter's faith can have an influence on which candidate they pick. Kathleen Brossart said it's very difficult for politics and faith to mesh perfectly.

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Kathleen Brossart speaks during the gathering at Goebel Park in Covington, Ky. that was also livestreamed on Nov. 6, 2020.

"You'll never find one candidate that's the perfect one that matches and aligns with all of your faiths and all of your beliefs," Brossart said. "It takes a lot of discerning to figure out what are the right priorities and what are the important things that are necessary."

A survey from the Pew Research Center shows that white Evangelicals and Catholics tend to support President Donald Trump. Meanwhile, Black Protestants and people unaffiliated with beliefs tend to support Joe Biden.

Cory Sharber attended Murray State University majoring in journalism and political science and comes to Cincinnati Public Radio from NPR Member station WKMS.