In his inaugural address Jan. 20, President Joe Biden said he is committed with his “whole soul” to bring this country together. He pleaded with Americans — having come through a bitter election, a time of racial reckoning, and still in the midst of a deadly pandemic — to similarly take up this cause.
Pope Francis prayed that President Joe Biden would work to heal the divisions in U.S. society and promote human dignity and peace around the globe.
As Joe Biden prepared to be inaugurated as the 46th U.S. president, Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, expressed hope the incoming administration “will work with the church and others of goodwill” to “address the complicated cultural and economic factors that are driving abortion and discouraging families.”
Hours before his inauguration as president, Joe Biden and incoming Vice President Kamala Harris were joined by their spouses and congressional leaders from both political parties for what was termed a Mass of thanksgiving early Jan. 20 at St. Matthew Cathedral in Washington.