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DC bishop holds moment of prayer to end Day 2 of Democratic National Convention

Budde gained attention when she criticized President Donald Trump after he held a Bible aloft at a photo op in early June at a historic church in her diocese.

WASHINGTON — The Democratic Party has tapped a diverse group of faith leaders to speak at its presidential nominating convention this week.

Among them is Bishop Mariann Budde of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, D.C. She delivered the closing benediction on Tuesday, the second night of the convention. 

Budde gained attention when she criticized President Donald Trump after he held a Bible aloft at a photo op in early June at a historic church in her diocese.

Other faith leaders set to speak or have already spoken include Lauren Berkun, vice president of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, and Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of the advocacy group NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice.

Credit: AP
Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde of the Esiscopal Diocese of Washington speaks during a service outside St. John's Episcopal Church near the White House in Washington, Friday, June 19, 2020. In the background a sign hanging on the AFL-CIO building reads "BLACK LIVES MATTER" (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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