Pope Francis Publishes Message to New U.S. President Trump

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Earlier today, Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. As is common, Pope Francis issued a message offering “my cordial good wishes and the assurance of my prayers that Almighty God will grant you wisdom and strength in the exercise of your high office.”

The pontiff also exhorted the new president to have particular concern for the poor, saying he prayed President Trump would be “guided by the rich spiritual and ethical values that have shaped the history of the American people and your nation’s commitment to the advancement of human dignity and freedom worldwide.”

Here’s Pope Francis’ full message:

“The Honorable Donald Trump
President of the United States of America
The White House
Washington

“Upon your inauguration as the forty-fifth President of the United States of America, I offer you my cordial good wishes and the assurance of my prayers that Almighty God will grant you wisdom and strength in the exercise of your high office.

“At a time when our human family is beset by grave humanitarian crises demanding far-sighted and united political responses, I pray that your decisions will be guided by the rich spiritual and ethical values that have shaped the history of the American people and your nation’s commitment to the advancement of human dignity and freedom worldwide.

“Under your leadership, may America’s stature continue to be measured above all by its concern for the poor, the outcast and those in need who, like Lazarus, stand before our door.

“With these sentiments, I ask the Lord to grant you and your family, and all the beloved American people, his blessings of peace, concord and every material and spiritual prosperity.

FRANCISCUS PP.”

[See also: Trump Nominee Wears Our Lady of Guadalupe Socks to Confirmation Hearing]

[See also: What Pope Francis Thinks of a Donald Trump Presidency]

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