New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan thanked God for living in a country that respects religious freedom and prayed for people battling Covid-19 and those caring for them, the unborn, the elderly, immigrants and refugees during the opening evening of the Republican National Convention.
The cardinal offered the prayer, which was pre-recorded, prior to a full evening of speakers.
The cardinal also prayed “that all lives may be protected and respected, in our troubled cities and the police who guard them.”
The minute long invocation recalled the men and women of the US military serving “in tense world situations” working to “keep the peace”.
Cardinal Dolan also prayed for people facing serious challenges including those whose lives are “threatened by religious persecution throughout the world, or by plague, hunger, drugs, human trafficking or war”.
“Pray we must in thanksgiving, in thanksgiving, dear God for democracy.”
The prayer concluded with a request that God bless the convention, the presidential nominees of both major political parties and for God’s “wisdom upon an electorate so eager to perform its duty of faithful citizenship”.
Cardinal Dolan was invited to offer the prayer. He and President Donald Trump have spoken publicly of their friendship that has existed over the years.
Picture: New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan delivers the opening prayer by video feed during the Republican National Convention. (CNS photo/Republican National Convention, Handout via Reuters).