“New York cardinal to participate in Trump inauguration”
By Rhina Guidos Catholic News Service
12.29.2016 4:27 PM ET
WASHINGTON (CNS) — New York’s Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan will take part in the upcoming presidential inauguration of Republican Donald Trump.
“I am honored to have been asked to offer a reading from Scripture at the upcoming presidential inauguration, and look forward to asking almighty God to inspire and guide our new president and to continue to bless our great nation,” Cardinal Dolan said in an email to Catholic News Service.
Trump, a lifelong New Yorker, will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States Jan. 20.
According to the president-elect’s inaugural committee, other faith leaders who are scheduled to be present include the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference; Paula White of New Destiny Christian Center; Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean and founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center; the Rev. Franklin Graham of Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association; and Bishop Wayne T. Jackson of Great Faith Ministries International.
The Washington Post reported in a Dec. 21 story that Trump is scheduled to attend “a private family church service at St. John’s Episcopal Church near the White House,” where many previous presidents have worshipped just before being sworn-in.
A day after the inauguration, Trump is expected to attend the 58th Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service, an interfaith service at Washington’s National Cathedral.
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