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Bishop Knestout Statement on Inauguration of 46th President of the United States

January 20, 2021

“We as Catholics, no matter what our political beliefs, pray with and for our new president as he is inaugurated into office. We are one nation under God, and it is incumbent upon us, as people of faith, to entrust our leaders to God’s care.

“We pray that all civic leadership can work through differences and that unity and civil conversations may help move our country in the direction that demonstrates our witness to the Gospel.

“We ask our Blessed Mother, to whom our nation is entrusted, to intercede and bless our president as well as all national leaders, that they lead with integrity and truth, and that they pursue and preserve justice for all. May the Holy Spirit strengthen them with wisdom and continue to bless our nation.”