National Catholic Prayer Breakfast

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President George W. Bush addresses the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., April 13, 2007

The National Catholic Prayer Breakfast is an annual event that takes place in Washington, D.C. It was created in response to Pope John Paul II's call for a new evangelization.


It was established in 2004 and its founding circle members included Joseph Cella, Leonard Leo, and Rick Santorum, among others. It connected prominent Catholic politicians and representatives of the Catholic clergy, businessmen, political and religious activists.[1]

Like the more established National Prayer Breakfast, it has attracted notable political speakers to discuss the issues of the day facing modern Christians. It featured President George W. Bush as a keynote speaker in the 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008 assemblies.[1][2][3]

Archbishop Raymond Leo Burke delivered the keynote address at the 2009 prayer breakfast, which also featured Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia as guest speaker.

House Speaker Paul Ryan spoke at the 2016 National Catholic Prayer Breakfast event.[4]

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  1. ^ a b Gehring, John. The Francis Effect: A Radical Pope's Challenge to the American Catholic Church. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015, p. 25.
  2. ^ President Attends National Catholic Prayer Breakfast, The White House, Office of the Press Secretary, May 20, 2005.
  3. ^ "President Bush Touts Pro-Life Record at National Catholic Prayer Breakfast", Life news, April 18, 2008 .
  4. ^ At Catholic Prayer Breakfast, Speaker Ryan Continues Push for Little Sisters of the Poor, Speaker Ryan Press Office, Press-release, May 17, 2016.