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Sandoval begins inauguration day at Mass

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Bishop of Las Vegas Joseph A. Pepe hugs Brian Sandoval following Mass at St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church in Carson City on Monday, Jan. 3, 2011. The Sandoval family attended a special Mass before the inauguration. Bishop Gonzalo Castellanos, with St. Thomas Aquinas Cathedral in Reno, is at left and James Sandoval, 15, is at right.

Gov.-elect Brian Sandoval and his family began the inaugural day with a special mass at St. Teresa of Avila in Carson City.

Las Vegas Bishop Joseph A. Pepe gave the homily, in which he addressed Sandoval, who will be sworn in as the state's 30th governor later today.

He urged Sandoval to retain "a closeness to the people we serve. We have to listen and we have to listen carefully."

This is the first time in recent memory that a governor-elect has begun his day with a religious service.

"The governor takes his faith personally, and it's important to him," said Sandoval's senior adviser, Dale Erquiaga.

Sandoval is to be sworn in later today on the steps of the Capitol Building.

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