President-Elect Joe Biden’s inauguration today (Jan 20) will mark a historic milestone as he will become the second Catholic president of the United States.
John F. Kennedy was the first and so far the only Catholic to be elected to the president of United States.
Jesuit Father Leo O’Donovan – a former president of Georgetown University – will deliver the invocation at Biden’s inauguration. Cardinal Wilton Gregory – the archbishop of Washington – will deliver the invocation at a memorial service at the Lincoln Memorial to honor the 400,000 Americans who’ve died as a result of COVID-19.
Biden’s home parish is St. Joseph on the Brandywine in Delaware and he is known to devout Catholic.
National Catholic Register reported that more than one-third of Joe Biden's incoming Cabinet also share his Catholic faith.
Biden’s coreligionists who will join him in the new administration include
Gen. Lloyd Austin who will head the Department of Defense
Denis McDonough who has been nominated to lead the Department of Veteran Affairs
Marty Walsh, currently the mayor of Boston, who has been picked as the secretary of labor.
Xavier Becerra, California's attorney general, who will head to Washington as the Department of Health and Human Services.
Tom Vilsack who has been picked to head the Department of Agriculture.
Gina Raimondo, the current governor of Rhode Island, who has been chosen by Biden to lead the Department of Commerce
Jennifer Granholm, the former governor of Michigan, who as the head of the Department of Energy is likely to oversee the massive ‘Green Deal’ initiative that the president-elect has promised.
Biden has tapped former Secretary of State John Kerry as his climate czar. Kerry is a practicing Catholic.
Samantha Power, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author who served as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations from 2013 to 2017, has been picked by Biden to head United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the well-funded agency which oversees humanitarian aid often by collaborating with faith-based organisation. Power also served as served as a co-chair of Mr. Biden’s Catholic outreach group.
Power has credited her Catholic faith as imbuing her work today with “a necessary resilience,”
“If something isn’t working, if the kind of cooperation that’s needed across borders is not happening or the policies by different actors are getting less humane, having this lodestar of Jesus’ teachings and life gives me an incentive to keep getting back up,” she said.
Democratic party has often been at loggerheads with a section of Catholic clergy especially over the issue of abortion.
While Kennedy won over 80 percent of their vote; Biden won Catholics by a narrow majority in the recently concluded US Presidential election.
Catholics constitute around 23% of the US population.
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