President Talks with Nation’s Faith Leaders

“We’re going to beat this plague,” he said.

On the eve of Passover and the middle of Holy Week, President Trump told religious leaders on Wednesday that “we have a tremendous year coming up” and that the United States would beat coronavirus “soon.” He added, “We’re going to get our country back.”

Vice President Pence also joined the call, thanking the thousands on the call for their efforts to encourage social distancing guidelines even when it means their congregations cannot gather at places of worship.

“The president says we will defeat the coronavirus, and we’ll come back stronger than ever before, and it’ll be the faith of the American people that laid the foundation for that great, great comeback,” the vice president said.

The president invited three religious leaders to speak about the work their groups were doing. Franklin Graham spoke of Samaritan Purse’s work setting up a field hospital in New York’s Central Park. Also addressing the others were Mark Wilf, chairman of the board of trustees of the Jewish Federations of North America, and Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus.

The three were asked to say a prayer, and the president also included Rabbi David-Seth Kirshner of Temple Emmanu-El in Closter, New Jersey.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the religious leaders across America who are conducting services online or in drive-ups or making other arrangements to minister to their congregations.
  • For individual families who will celebrate Passover or Easter together without having the fellowship of others.

Sources: NBC News, Religion News Service


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