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Episcopalian priest chosen for Obama inauguration prayer

January 16, 2013

President Barack Obama has named an Episcopalian priest from Washington, DC, to deliver the closing prayer at his inauguration ceremony.

Rev. Luis Léon was selected after an Evangelical minister, Rev. Louie Giglio, withdrew under pressure. Rev. Giglio had been chosen to deliver the closing prayer, but inauguration officials expressed concern over that selection when they learned that Rev. Giglio had made public remarks against homosexual activities.

Rev. Léon is the pastor of St. John’s Church, located just a block from the White House.


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  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Jan. 16, 2013 6:58 PM ET USA

    Episcopal priests want to offend nobody. Perfect choice to avoid embarrassing topics in the prayer.