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July 18, 2018

Vatican congratulates Trump … Prays that his presidency will promote peace amid conflict

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After Donald Trump pulled off what was for many a surprising victory in the United States election, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin offered his prayers that the new president-elect would promote peace in a world torn by conflict.

“First of all, we take note with respect the will of the American people in this exercise of democracy which they tell me was characterized by a large turnout. Then we congratulate the new president, so that his government can be truly fruitful,” Cardinal Parolin told Vatican Radio Nov. 19.

He also assured of his prayers, “so that the Lord illuminate him and sustain him in the service of his homeland, naturally, but also of the peace and wellbeing of the world.”

“I believe that today it is needed for everyone to work to change the global situation, which is a situation of serious laceration and grave conflict.”

Cardinal Parolin spoke at the inauguration of academic year of the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome.

His comments came in wake of the election of Republican Donald Trump as the next president of the United States of America, concluding what has been seen as a particularly grueling election cycle.

To the shock and surprise of many, Trump, who walked into Election Day as the perceived underdog, came out on top with 289 electoral votes, well over the required 270 needed to win, while Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton lagged behind with just 218 electoral votes, according to CNN.

Although the Catholic vote was in large part divided due to prolife and immigration issues, one of the key topics that likely loomed large in the minds of Catholics as Trump’s victory was announced was his promise to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico, and as well as Pope Francis’ response.

During his Feb. 19 inflight news conference en route from Juarez to Rome, Pope Francis responded to criticism of Trump, who had called the Pope “political” and threatened to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border.

“A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian. This is not in the Gospel,” the Pope said.



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