Each day's intercession is accompanied by prayers, a short reflection, and suggested actions for novena participants to help build a culture of life.
Biden, the second Catholic president in U.S. history, was joined by House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and others
“Regardless of political affiliation, we as Catholics believe in the miraculous power of prayer”
The pre-inauguration service included prayer, music, lighting of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool with 400 lights in honor of lives lost in the pandemic.
There will only be a small in-person presence this year; other events will happen in state capitols around the country, including Nashville
“This year as we commemorate the legacy of this great American, we remember especially Rev. King’s belief in nonviolence,” Archbishop Gomez wrote.
Pope Francis encouraged everyone who could get the vaccine to do so to protect themselves and others.
“It is long past time to abolish the death penalty from our state and federal laws,” USCCB chairmen said in a statement.
This formalizes the practice that most dioceses around the world have permitted for decades, that women and girls can read and serve at Mass.
The archbishop stressed that in this “troubling moment, we must recommit ourselves to the values and principles of our democracy”