Biden Encourages World Peace and Unity at Prayer Breakfast

Leading American officials, such as President Joe Biden, convened in Washington on Thursday for the National Prayer Breakfast. President Biden was accompanied by representatives Tracey Mann and Frank Mrvan, co-chairs of the event, former senator Heidi Heitkamp, and House Speaker Mike Johnson and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries. At the event, Senate Chaplain Barry Black read passages from the Bible and discussed the event’s historic significance. Musical guest Andrea Bocelli also performed.

 

In her discussion on the importance of religion in Congress, Black mentioned that members of Congress have been fasting and praying in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and Hamas’ attack on Israel on October 7. He remarked that people’s ability to unite and “lift our hearts across the religious spectrum in prayer and praise” is evidence of their ability to do so. One of the main themes of his talks was converting “crisis into conquest.” In his speech during the previous year’s event, Biden discussed gun violence, police brutality, climate change, and the pandemic in order to promote togetherness. Biden also spoke during the event this year.

 

This year, Biden discussed the ongoing hostilities in Gaza and Ukraine as well as the recent attacks on American soldiers in Jordan that left three dead and numerous others injured. I am “engaged in this day and night… to find the means to bring our hostages home, to ease the humanitarian crisis [and] to bring peace to Gaza and Israel – an enduring peace, with two states for two peoples,” he said, adding that he “sees the trauma, the death, and the destruction in Israel and Gaza and understands the pain and passion felt by so many here in America and around the world.”

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