"President Donald Trump at the National Prayer Service" by U.S. Army Sgt. Paige Behringer / Public Domain

Both candidates went to church this weekend. Their experiences were very different

Oct 19, 2020

By Jack Jenkins

Joe Biden and Donald Trump both visited churches over the weekend, a common practice for presidential candidates in the lead up to an election.

Yet their experiences showcased not only dramatically different forms of American Christianity, but also contrasting examples of how religion can intersect with politics.

According to pool reports, Biden, a Catholic, attended Mass Sunday morning (Oct. 18) at St. Joseph on the Brandywine in Greenville, Delaware — a church he has often attended over the years. Reporters traveling with the candidate were kept on the bus, and the priest overseeing the service did not appear to acknowledge the candidate’s presence during his homily, which was livestreamed.

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