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By Rhina Guidos
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.
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
after the inauguration, Trump is expected to attend the 58th Presidential
Inaugural Prayer Service, an interfaith service at Washington's National
cathedral is a sacred space for the nation to come together at moments of
national importance, including the inauguration of our presidents," officials
for the cathedral said in a statement. "The Inaugural Prayer Service is a
moment for our next president to pause and contemplate the incredible
responsibility he has been entrusted with and to listen as the faith community
offers prayers for the office of the president."
In October, Cardinal Dolan
hosted Trump and his then-rival for the presidency, Democratic nominee Hillary
Clinton, at the 71st annual dinner of the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation. The charitable
gala, which drew 1,500 people, is named for a former governor of New
York who was raised in poverty and who ran for president in 1928. Smith was the
first Catholic nominated by a major political party to run for the nation's
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