Delhi priest conducts private Mass for President Biden

Delhi priest conducts private Mass for President Biden

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New Delhi: Father Nicolas Dias Secretary for Liturgy Commission for the Delhi Archdiocese conducted a private Church service for US President Joe Biden on Saturday morning ahead of his G20 deliberations in India. US President Joe Biden, a devout Catholic, took the blessings of Jesus Christ and received heavenly graces ahead of the G20 Summit in Delhi. “I received an invite from the US embassy asking me whether I can celebrate the Holy Eucharist for the President. They sought an appointment with me, met me personally at the clergy home, and they told me that it is a short service of 20 minutes. They asked if they could avail of my services, which I gladly accepted,” the priest told ANI. “It was an occasion for me to be in faith and fellowship with the President of America who is a born Catholic and a devout Catholic” the priest said.

“I had prepared a minute-to-minute liturgy for this purpose so that we keep to the timing and that I shared with the other participants at the Holy Eucharist, including his personal doctor, and we participated well. I took the intention of praying for the success of the G20 summit, also praying for both the countries, India and America, and we prayed that all things may go well in both these countries. I involved the President in reciting the prayers. I involved the other delegates to reflect upon the Gospel of the day which talks about Jesus giving us lessons in crisis management. If there is a crisis, how should we deal with that at the micro level and therefore also at the macro level? Mass went on and Holy Communion was administered to President Biden and also the other attendants, including his personal assistants” the priest added.

The priest gave the Goan sweet Bebinca to Biden once the mass was finished and President Biden gifted the priest a seal of the President of the United States. “When the communion service was over, I gifted him the Goan delicacy of Bebinca, which I had brought with me recently during my visit to my home state. And the President was grateful to me that I had given him time to celebrate the Eucharist. And he said wait, I will gift you something and his personal assistant brought me this gift, that’s memorabilia given only to selected people, I reckon. And he handed it over to me, asked me to close my fist, and mentioned this is the way it is given, Father. And when I saw it, both the sides and it had the number 261, which I know before me only 260 people had received such an honour,” the priest said.

The priest continued, “It was a fantastic time for me that I was selected to pray with the President, pray for him, and pray for our countries as well, that everything may go well and that the success may see the light of the day” he added.

After wrapping up his trip to India, President Biden headed for Vietnam. He is scheduled to meet with Nguyen Phu Trong, the general secretary of Vietnam, and other important figures during his visit to discuss ways to strengthen bilateral relations.

★Father Nicolas Dias conducted a private Church service for US President Joe Biden in Delhi.
★President Biden, a devout Catholic, received blessings ahead of the G20 Summit in Delhi.
★The priest prepared a minute-to-minute liturgy and involved the President and other delegates in prayers.
★President Biden gifted the priest a seal of the President of the United States.
★President Biden is now heading to Vietnam to discuss bilateral relations.

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