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Pence addresses religious freedom at National Catholic Prayer Breakfast


  • U.S. Vice President Mike Pence gestures as he speaks during the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast June 6 in Washington. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)
  • U.S. Vice President Mike Pence pauses as he speaks during the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast June 6 in Washington. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)
  • U.S. Vice President Mike Pence gestures as he speaks during the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast June 6 in Washington. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)
  • Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the U.S. Archdiocese of the Military Services talks with guests during the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast June 6 in Washington. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)
  • Supreme Knight Carl Anderson of the Knights of Columbus speaks during the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast June 6 in Washington. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)
  • Iraqi-born Mother Olga of the Sacred Heart, founder of the Daughters of Mary of Nazareth, kisses a statue of Mary as she arrives to speak during the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast June 6 in Washington. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

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WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Vice President Mike Pence and other speakers addressed securing religious liberty and protecting the sanctity of human life both in the United States and worldwide, particularly in the Middle East, at the 13th annual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington June 6.

Pence spoke about President Donald Trump's commitment to the securing of all religious freedoms to over 1,200 attendees, following speeches by keynote speaker Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, head of the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services, and special guest Mother Olga of the Sacred Heart.

Pence expressed his sorrow over the recent terrorist attacks in Europe, reassuring those in attendance that the president is committed to ending attacks on religious liberty around the world, as well as in America.

"Catholicism has made an indelible mark on the American spirit," Pence said. "Your faith has moved mountains and the Catholic Church, and its millions of parishioners have been a force for good in our communities large and small throughout our land throughout our history. All the great American Catholics gathered here, let me assure you this morning, bright and early, at this prayer breakfast: American Catholics have an ally in President Donald Trump."

The vice president, an evangelical, shared fond memories of growing up in a Catholic family, saying that he was honored to speak at the breakfast and that his mother would be proud.

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