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Inaugural Committees Announce Speakers From Faith Communities

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Workers set up bleachers along Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House in preparation for the post-inauguration parade.

The JCCIC announced Tuesday that Rev. Luis Cortés will lead the opening prayer at the inaugural luncheon that the committee hosts in the Rotunda following the swearing-in ceremony on the West Front of the Capitol.

The founder of Esperanza, the largest Hispanic faith-based evangelical network in the United States that combats poverty and crime, Cortés has “dedicated his life to making his community, his country and the world a better place,” said Chairman Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., in a statement announcing the choice.

“I ... am thrilled that he will play a key role in these historic events,” he added.

Schumer picked Archbishop Demetrios of America to deliver the benediction at the luncheon, calling him a “tremendous and respected leader to millions in the Greek Orthodox community in every corner of the United States.”

Demetrios is the primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America and the chairman of the Assembly of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America.

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