U.S. President Joe Biden this Easter Sunday called for “faith, hope and love,” as well as to think of the poor and the persecuted.

“Today we celebrate the Easter message that nothing, not even death, can match the power of faith, hope and love,” Biden, the second Catholic U.S. president after John F. Kennedy, said in a statement.

He said he and first lady Jill Biden joined Catholics around the world in celebrating Easter Sunday.

“We remember the sacrifice of Jesus and pledge to love God with all our hearts, to love our neighbors as ourselves and to treat one another with compassion,” he explained.

Biden stressed that during Lent, and especially on Good Friday, Catholics hold in their hearts “those who suffer threats of violence and persecution, pain, isolation, disease and poverty, among other hardships.”

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