WASHINGTON (AP) – President Joe Biden attended Mass for the first time since he took office, worshiping in church on Sunday when he was Vice President.
The second Catholic president of the nation, Biden, chose the Holy Trinity Catholic Church In Washington’s Georgetown neighborhood, a few miles from the White House. This is where the nation’s only other Catholic President, John F. Kennedy often attended Mass.
Biden entered through the entrance, where a black Lives Matter banner was hung on one side and a banner on the other with a quote from Pope Francis: “We are in any form a blind eye to racism and exclusion Cannot tolerate or bend or claim to preserve the sanctity of every human life. “
The president said in a brief exchange with reporters that the service was “lovely”. Biden went to church with his son, Hunter, and his two grandchildren, Finnegan and Massey.
His motorcycle made a brief stop on the way back to the White House for a carryout from a popular Daily Call Your Mother near the church. The President remained in his armored vehicle, while his son commanded.
White House press secretary Jane Saki told reporters Friday that Biden had not yet settled on a home church in the nation’s capital, but said she hoped Biden would regularly attend services during his presidency. Will stay
At home in Delaware, Biden and his wife, Jill, were regulars at St. Joseph’s on Brandywine in Greenville. He worked alternately between Saturday and Sunday services based on his itinerary in the 2020 campaign. It is the obligation of the Catholic faithful to attend Sunday services, but church teaching allows the fulfillment of the commitment to attend a service on the evening of the preceding day.
There are certainly plenty of remuneration options in Washington for neo-oaths among Democrats: Four Catholic churches sit within 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) of the White House; The Holy Trinity is slightly ahead.
On his inauguration on Wednesday morning, Biden and his family, along with Democratic and Republican leaders of Congress, attended one of the churches, which is the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle. The church hosted Kennedy’s funeral service in 1963.
With coronoviruses still growing in the capital city, Biden is obliged to see small crowds wherever he goes. For some time, in the District of Columbia limits of worship in homes of worship for 25% capacity or 250 people, whichever is less.
Past presidents have created a wide variety of worship options – or none at all. Not far from the White House is New York Avenue Presbyterian, which maintains the place where Abraham Lincoln once worshiped. Even close to St. John’s Episcopal Church, a walk across the White House from Lafayette Square to presidents who have made the historic practice of worship at least once.
St. John’s was in the news this summer when police forcibly dispersed protesters so that President Donald Trump could pose with a bible outside his butter-yellow front doors. But James Madison is accustomed to its status as the “Church of Presidents”, and the special scrutiny that comes with hosting key commanders. Trump, who often spent Sundays at his name’s golf club in Northern Virginia, was not a regular churchgoer.
President Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary, became members of the Foundry United Methodist Church, a short drive from the White House, which also counted the 19th president, Rutherford. B. Hayes, as a member.
President Jimmy Carter, who taught in Sunday School after his presidency, worshiped dozens of times at First Baptist Church in Washington during his time at the White House.
Associated Press authors Will Weisser and Elana Shure contributed to this report.