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In the first speech since securing a presidency, Joe Biden called for solidarity among all Americans.

USA TODAY

At the conclusion of his winning speech on Saturday night, President-elect Joe Biden, the nation’s second Catholic president after John F. Kennedy, reiterated the Catholic hymn “On Eagle’s Wings”, a song he said was important to his family and his deceased son Beau, who died of brain cancer in 2015.

“It captures the belief that sustains me, which I believe will sustain America. And I hope and I hope I can provide a bit of comfort and consolation,” he told the crowd before reading. Anthem. “And He will lift you up on the wings of an eagle, carrying you in the breath of dawn. Make you shine like the sun and keep you in the palm of your hand.”

Biden ended with this: “And now, together – on the eagle’s wings – we get to work on what God and history have called us to do.”

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Earlier, in a speech outside the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware, Biden quoted from Evangelism: “The Bible tells us that for everything there is a season – time to build, time to build. a time to reap, a time to sow, and a time to heal.

“This is the time to heal in America.”

During the campaign, President Donald Trump accused Biden of being “against God” even though devout Catholics frequently mentioned his faith. Biden, who often talks about how the Catholic faith helped him survive the deaths of his first wife and their daughter in a 1972 car crash, dismissed Trump’s comments as an attempt to raise a call of cynicism among religious conservatives.

As he recorded his remarks on Saturday, Biden recalls his grandfather telling him to “keep the faith” before adding that his grandmother had approved, “no Joey, spread the faith. . “

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