Here's Pope Francis' Message To President Donald Trump

Christine Rousselle
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Posted: Jan 22, 2017 8:00 AM
Here's Pope Francis' Message To President Donald Trump

Pope Francis sent President Donald Trump a letter on Friday wishing him well and offering his prayers that God will bless him with wisdom and strength during his presidency. He also said the he prays that Trump's decisions in his presidency will be "guided by the rich spiritual and ethical values that have shaped the history of the American people."

The full text of the letter:

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 farsighted 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.

In addition to being the head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis is also sovereign of Vatican City State--the world's only elected monarch.