Emotional Biden meets pastor who officiated his son’s last rites | outside

During his visit to Ireland, US President Joe Biden had an unexpected meeting on Friday with the priest who performed the last rites for his son, Beau Biden. It was a very emotional moment, says another Irish priest who was accompanying Biden during the visit.

Priest Richard Gibbons, who showed Biden around the pilgrimage site in Knock, told the BBC that after Biden arrived he learned that one of his colleagues – Frank O’Grady, a former army chaplain – was administering last rites to Beau Biden. . He told the BBC: “The chaplain who works here at the shrine happens to be the one who performed the last rites, the last anointing, of his son in the States.”

Beau Biden, the president’s eldest son, died in 2015 in the United States of a brain tumor.

He wanted to meet him immediately and sent a secret agent to find him. He cried, he touched him deeply and then we prayed, we said a tenth of the rosary for his family, we lit a candle and he took a moment to perform a private prayer.”

“He laughed, he cried, and it just touched him. You can just see how deeply all this felt and what it meant to him. It was an extraordinary era,” Gibbons said.

Joe Biden with Rev. Richard Gibbons © Photo News

Biden, who today ended his three-day visit to Ireland — the land of his ancestors — later visited a nearby sedation center in County Mayo, where he laid the cornerstone for its construction in 2017. A memorial plaque at the center’s entrance is dedicated to Beau Biden.

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The president, himself a Catholic, took the time to examine the painting before greeting the staff.

Left to right: Loretta Bloitt, niece of Joe Biden;  Martina Jennings, CEO of the Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation;  Hunter Biden; Joe Biden;  Mike Smith, President of the Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation and Valerie Biden Owens, Sister of the President.
Left to right: Loretta Bloitt, niece of Joe Biden; Martina Jennings, CEO of the Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation; Hunter Biden; Joe Biden; Mike Smith, President of the Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation and Valerie Biden Owens, Sister of the President. © AFP

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