WATCH: At 2021 National Prayer Breakfast, President Biden Says Turning to Faith Will Help America Survive This ‘Dark, Dark Time’

Faith will help the nation survive this “dark, dark time,” President Joe Biden said in a recorded message Thursday for the National Prayer Breakfast that was as notable for who wasn’t featured as who was.

Presidents have addressed for nearly seven decades the breakfast held virtually this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The five living former presidents sent written or filmed messages for Thursday’s event – with one notable exception.

There were no contemporary remarks from former President Donald Trump, who has been impeached for inciting the deadly riot on the Capitol last month.

“We know now we must confront and defeat political extremism, white supremacy, and domestic terrorism,” Biden said in his remarks. “For so many in our nation, this is a dark, dark time. So where do we turn? Faith.”

Biden, the second Catholic president, said his faith provides hope and solace, clarity and purpose.

“It shows the way forward, as one nation in a common purpose, to respect one another, to care for one another, to leave no one behind,” he said. Biden said that common purpose must be applied to addressing the health, economic and climate crises facing the nation and to no longer deferring the dream of “justice for all.”

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SOURCE: USA Today, Maureen Groppe

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