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Cardinal Parolin congratulates Trump, urges work for peace

November 09, 2016

The Vatican Secretary of State has offered his congratulations to Donald Trump, and voiced his hope that the American president-elect will work for peace in the world.

Speaking to reporters in Rome, Cardinal Pietro Parolin said:

First and foremost we respectfully take note of the will of the American people in this exercise of democracy, which I was told was marked by a significant electoral turnout. We congratulate the new president and hope his governance may truly be fruitful. We assure him of our prayers that the Lord may enlighten him and sustain him in service to his country, naturally, but also in service to the well-being and peace of the world.

Questioned about Trump’s views on immigration and his public disagreements with Pope Francis, Cardinal Parolin said, “We shall see how the president act.” He remarked that “it’s one thing to be a candidate and another thign to be president.” He added that in the early aftermath of the American presidential election, “the future leader has already spoken like a leader.”

 
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