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Vatican congratulates Obama on Nobel Peace Prize

October 09, 2009

The Vatican has issued a statement congratulating US President Barack Obama on his selection for the Nobel Peace Prize, expressing the hope that "this important recognition will continue to encourage such a difficult but fundamental effort for the future of humanity." Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Vatican press office, said that the award was welcome "particularly in light of the commitment shown by the President towards the promotion of international peace and recently in favor of nuclear disarmament."


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  • Posted by: Web Doctor - Oct. 10, 2009 2:34 PM ET USA

    can't rely on the Vatican press office for anything.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 10, 2009 12:49 AM ET USA

    This morning I thought to myself how the Nobel Peace Prize committee has become so ridiculous. Reading this, I have come to the realization that the same is true for the Vatican press office.

  • Posted by: brownjudith2930 - Oct. 09, 2009 10:48 PM ET USA

    It's time for Fr. Lombardi to be removed as director ofthe Vatican press office. This is obvious to everyone, especially in light of his "altering" past remarks by the Holy Father, in order to make them more acceptable to a secular audience. He is being used by the 'dark side'.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 09, 2009 8:54 PM ET USA

    Another unfortunate intervention from Fr. Lombardi.

  • Posted by: New Sister - Oct. 09, 2009 3:55 PM ET USA

    ...but the nominations took place in February?