The Rev. Jaime Soto, Roman Catholic Bishop of Sacramento, issued a statement following the election of Donald Trump.

Bishop Soto said: “This was a very contentious election, mired more in anxious frustration than hope. Mr. Donald Trump has been chosen to govern as the 45th President of the United States.  We owe President-elect Trump the assurance of our prayers as well as our commitment to be faithful citizens, binding the wounds of a divided nation and forging a society with life, liberty, and justice for all.”

The Bishop also offered a prayer for after the election: 

“God of all nations, Father of the human family, we give you thanks for the freedom we exercise and the many blessings of democracy we enjoy in these United States of America. We ask for your protection and guidance for all who devote themselves to the common good, working for justice and peace at home and around the world. We lift up all our duly elected leaders and public servants, those who will serve us as president, as legislators and judges, those in the military and law enforcement. Heal us from our differences and unite us, O Lord, with a common purpose, dedication, and commitment to achieve liberty and justice in the years ahead for all people, and especially those who are most vulnerable in our midst. Amen. Our Lady, the Immaculate Conception, Patroness of the United States of America, pray for us.”