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Westchester priest discusses significance of Biden's Catholic faith

Monsignor Joseph Giandurco, of Saint Patrick's Church in Yorktown, says he's glad to see the nation's second Catholic president quoting the Scriptures.

News 12 Staff

Jan 20, 2021, 11:18 PM

Updated 1,247 days ago

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Newly sworn-in President Joe Biden used his faith during his inauguration as a way to heal a deeply divided nation suffering through a pandemic that has taken more than 400,000 American lives.
Monsignor Joseph Giandurco, of Saint Patrick's Church in Yorktown, says he's glad to see the nation's second Catholic president quoting the Scriptures.
"You could tell that it really comes from the heart, and it comes from a faith that is important to him... a faith that he lives with," he says.
The deeply devout new commander-in-chief has had to rely on his faith to help get him through a series of family tragedies over the years.
In 1972, he lost his first wife and baby daughter in a car accident. In 2015, he lost his 46-year-old son Beau to brain cancer.
More difficulties lie ahead as he assumes the role as the country's new president, but if faith can move mountains, some believe Biden is the right man for this moment in time.
According to Reuters, the head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis, reached out to Biden Wednesday.
The pontiff reportedly told Biden he was praying that God would guide his efforts to bring reconciliation in the United States.


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