Religion’s Role in Trump’s Inauguration Weekend Was Prominent

Church choirs sang, a half-dozen religious leaders prayed and Donald Trump, as U.S. presidents before him, mentioned God in his inauguration speech. "There should be no fear. We are protected and we will always be protected. We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement. And most importantly, we will be protected by God," he said. Many Americans felt Trump's religiously infused inauguration ...
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Religious leaders at inauguration stress piety over politics

Six religious leaders, five Christians and one Jew, prayed at Friday's inauguration ceremony for President Donald Trump, and for the most part, they stressed piety over politics, offering prayers that could be shared by Americans of virtually any political persuasion. For the most part, the religious leaders who took part in Friday’s inauguration ceremony of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States emphasized piety over politics, offering ...
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Trump Sets Record For Number of Prayer Services During Inaugural Ceremonies

President-elect Donald Trump’s will have more prayers read during his inauguration ceremonies than any president in American history. Trump, who began Inauguration Day at St. John’s Church for a service, will have six religious prayers, three invocations, and three benedictions during Friday’s ceremonies, McClatchy DC reports. The New York Times has the lineup: ¦ A Catholic, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, the archbishop of New York. ¦ A Hispanic evangelical, Rev ...
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Scripture read by the Rev. Dr. Samuel Rodriguez at inauguration

(CNN)The Rev. Dr. Samuel Rodriguez, of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, read from the Sermon on the Mount, in chapter 5 of the Gospel of Matthew, New Living Translation, at the inauguration Friday. God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted. God blesses those who are humble, for ...
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Detroit pastor pushes for unity in inaugural speech

Washington — Bishop Wayne T. Jackson of Detroit gave the closing prayer of Friday’s inauguration at the U.S. Capitol, urging the nation to mend its divisions and unite. “We were all created by you with one blood, all nations to dwell upon this land together,” said Jackson, pastor of Great Faith Ministries International church on Grand River. “We are not enemies. We are brothers and sisters. We’re not adversaries, but ...
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In prayer, Franklin Graham sees rain at inauguration as good omen for Trump

Speaking at President Donald Trump’s inauguration Friday, North Carolina-based evangelist Franklin Graham said his prayer was that God would bless the new president, his family, his administration “and may He bless America.” But Graham began with an ad lib: “Mr. President, in the Bible, rain is a sign of God’s blessing. And it started to rain, Mr. President, when you came to the platform (for his inaugural speech).” Graham, who ...
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Evangelical Leader on Trump and Illegals: ‘I’m a Latino and a Christian. Which Is More Important?’

Pastor Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, who led a prayer at Donald Trump's inauguration on Friday, has admitted in an interview that Latino Christians face challenging questions surrounding America's new political reality. Although Trump made strong calls for deporting unauthorized immigrants from America throughout his presidential campaign, CNN pointed to exit polls showing that close to 30 percent of Hispanics ended up voting for Trump ...
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A Trump hope: To unite a divided country

After a caustic campaign that sharply divided voters, President Trump hopes to heal the nation. What must he do to achieve this? Can he protect Christians' religious liberty? Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, who spoke at the inauguration, weighs in ...
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Samuel Rodríguez es el primer evangélico latino en investidura de EE.UU.

El reverendo de descendencia puertorriqueña inició la toma de posesión de Donald Trump WASHINGTON — El pastor Samuel Rodríguez se convirtió en el primer latino evangélico en participar en una investidura presidencial estadounidense, al invocar el viernes la toma de posesión de Donald Trump junto a otros líderes religiosos. El reverendo de descendencia puertorriqueña inició la toma de posesión leyendo desde el versículo 13 al 16 del evangelio de Mateo ...
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Donald Trump Held a Very Godly Inauguration

Christianity has been a part of the presidential inauguration since George Washington laid his hand on a Bible for the very first swearing-in. Incoming presidents have invited pastors to give invocations, quoted the Old and New Testaments liberally and gone to prayer services before and after the ceremony. So it was not unusual that Donald Trump sought to involve faith in his inauguration. But the ways in which the 45th ...
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