Monday, June 2, 2008


NEWSWEEK The Houston mega-pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell-who presided over Jenna Bush's wedding last month and has offered spiritual counsel to her father-is a Christian VIP, so busy that his cell-phone voicemail says, "Do not leave messages here." But on Friday mornings, whether he's at church, in the car or on the golf course, Caldwell tries to dial into a certain high level conference call. At 9:30 Eastern time, a group of religious leaders gathers "telephonically," as Caldwell puts it; for 15 minutes, they pray for Sen. Barack Obama. "Typically," Caldwell says, "whoever is praying always prays for the senator and his wife. For his safety, surety, soundness of mind, clarity of thought." One person leads the prayer; everyone else listens. The leaders pray that planes land safely and that Secret Service agents keep their eyes open. . . The number of participants ranges from a handful to 100. Obama is not on the line.


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