Bidens attend grandson's confirmation

President BidenJoe BidenFauci says school should be open 'full blast' five days a week in the fall Overnight Defense: Military sexual assault reform bill has votes to pass in Senate l First active duty service member arrested over Jan. 6 riot l Israeli troops attack Gaza Strip Immigration experts say GOP senators questioned DHS secretary with misleading chart MORE and first lady Jill BidenJill BidenJill Biden, Jennifer Garner go mask-free on vaccine-promoting West Virginia trip Masks shed at White House; McConnell: 'Free at last' First Latina since 2005 wins Teacher of the Year award MORE on Sunday attended the confirmation of their grandson Robert "Hunter" Biden, the White House told reporters.

Robert Biden is the son of the president's late son, Beau Biden, who died of brain cancer in 2015.

The first family left their longtime church, St. Joseph on the Brandywine, around 2 p.m. After the service, Jill Biden took a bouquet of flowers to the side of the church where their family graves are located, including Beau Biden's.


After taking photos and talking at the front of the church, the rest of the Biden family appeared to join the first lady at the gravesite.

President Biden is the second Catholic to hold the U.S. presidency, after former President Kennedy. He has regularly spoken of the importance of his faith, once calling it the "bedrock foundation of my life."

The president has credited his faith with helping him through the losses of his first wife, Neilia Biden, and his infant daughter, Naomi, who died in a car accident in 1972 that also left his two sons, Beau and Hunter Biden, severely injured and hospitalized.


Jill Biden has said that her own faith in the church was shaken for several years following the death of Beau Biden.

During a 2019 appearance on "The View," the first lady said, "I know Joe's faith has helped him through [Beau Biden's death]. ... My faith was shaken. We all handle grief in very different ways."

She said a visit to a Black church in South Carolina later inspired her to return to the church.

On Election Day in 2020, the Bidens attended mass and visited the graves of family members before closing out their presidential campaign.