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In message to Obama, Pope prays that liberty and justice will guide America

By on Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Barack Obama waves to supporters at his election night party (Photo: PA)

Barack Obama waves to supporters at his election night party (Photo: PA)

Pope Benedict XVI has congratulated US President Barack Obama on his re-election, saying that he prayed the ideals of freedom and justice that guided America’s founders might continue to flourish.

The Vatican did not make public the full text of the Pope’s telegram to Obama, which was sent via Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, the apostolic nuncio to the United States.

“In the message, the Holy Father sent his best wishes to the president for his new term and assured him of his prayers that God might assist him in his very great responsibility before the country and the international community,” the Vatican said in a statement.

The Pope also told Obama he was praying that “the ideals of liberty and justice that guided the founders of the United States of America might continue to shine” as the nation goes forward, the statement said.

In remarks to reporters, Jesuit Fr Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, voiced hopes that Obama would also promote “a culture of life and religious freedom”.

It is the hope of everyone that President Obama “respond to the expectations” of the American people and “serve law and justice for the well-being and growth of every person, by respecting essential human and spiritual values and by promoting the culture of life and religious freedom, which have always been so precious in the tradition of the American people and their culture”, the priest said.

US Catholic bishops have been at odds with Obama over his support for legalised abortion and his administration’s plan to require that the private health insurance plans of most Catholic institutions cover surgical sterilisation procedures and artificial birth control, which are forbidden by the Church’s moral teaching.

The role of president of the United States is “an immense responsibility not just for the great nation, but for the whole world, given the United States’s role on the world stage”, Fr Lombardi said, expressing hopes that the president would be able to “find the best ways to promote the material and spiritual well-being of all and effectively promote integral human development, justice and peace in the world.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/laurence.england Laurence England

    …p.s please tell your vice-president he is excommunicated.

  • SinbadAlbahri

     Wow, look guys, the pope himself is posting here. Awesome.

  • http://www.facebook.com/laurence.england Laurence England

    The mind boggles as to what the rest of the letter looked like. Forgive me for fantasising!

  • Kevin

    His own bishops were telling Catholics not to vote for Obama, and he sends a message of congratulations?

  • http://www.facebook.com/laurence.england Laurence England

    It’s called courtesy. The American people have spoken. The Holy Father surely respects the free will of the people, even if the outcome is a disaster.

  • http://twitter.com/Pooler90 Pooler

    It’s more than the U.S. bishops that have been at odds. Wording like this makes the public think that it’s only the bishops, and that they’re trying to control people. DEVOUT CATHOLICS EVERYWHERE, AND EVEN NON-CATHOLIC CHRISTIANS  have been at odds with Obama. CATHOLIC MOTHERS AND WOMEN ALL AROUND THE COUNTRY WANT OUR CHURCH’S RELIGIOUS FREEDOMS TO BE PRESERVED. Not just the Bishops. ALL CATHOLICS are suffering.

  • Nat_ons

    The church catholic has always had to work with some ugly characters throughout history – many much, much worse than Pres Obama. Hence the need for Catholic Action – and its activists – not to be party political .. even if this upsets some. That Mr Obama (and more importantly, his Vice President) is at odds with the teaching of the church must not cloud the fact that America’s Catholics (all of them, not just the liberals) must work with him, loyally .. even while exposing his egregious errors – hoping (against hope) for a sign of penitence (preferably before he leaves office, not afterwards, which the more common move).

    More importantly, the bishops of the US of A – even while loyally serving their people, their mind-darkened country and their lawfully elected President – must finally agree to denounce all and any Catholic politicians who publicly disavow the orthodox teachings of the church catholic .. to fit in with the mood-music of the current media-hyped culture of rights without duties; sadly, there is about as much chance of that happing as of a snowball surviving in .. yes, you know that place well (and it is a place we have all worked eagerly to build up with our sins); thus, in the meantime, the persistent witness to Christ, building up his body in love (even for wayward leaders) is a must – so thank God for the awesome Benedict XVI (rather than seek to knock his gentle yet forthright witness).

  • Rizzo The Bear

    It is called diplomacy, Kevin. It is not an endorsement.

    BXVI has been an iron fist in a velvet glove with Obama.

    No doubt, behind closed doors, Obama would have been reminded that the Roman Catholic Church and Her Vicar on Earth has not – and will never – go away.

  • Yankee

    As a conservative American, I suggest that to win in the long term
    we must retake academia and media/television or else liberals will have a
    permanent springboard for their ideas for all future generations.
    Fox
    news is one example of counterbalancing the Left Wing media but we will
    need more center right news channels. Conservative Christian colleges
    like Liberty and Christendom are small steps but we will need more
    competition to the elite liberal Ivy League.

  • JabbaPapa

    When the Republicans stop their love affair with total financial deregulation and a 0% interest rate, with the widespread impoverishment, financial ruin, and overall misery that they create, then they’ll win back the White House.

  • Sweetjae

    Rubbish.

  • Sweetjae

    Right on!

  • Petertheroman

    You cannot see the mountain until you have climbed to the top. I can see where he is taking America and the world, but i fear the rest of humanity cannot. Only time will show what a massive mistake it has been to elect a man who is not known to the world.

  • Jon Brownridge

     Not all bishops. Canadian bishops are overwhelmingly in support of President Obama.

  • Jon Brownridge

     You against the rest of humanity? Hmm…

  • Sweetjae

    Right between the eyes!

  • Sweetjae

    But the mainstream Republican itself is to blame for their humiliating defeat. They proud themselves as mainline christians yet they protect the excessive riches of the ultra-rich, ignore the fundamental christian virtue of charity to deny health care to those who can’t afford, bring stupid wars and its destruction of life and property then call it self-defense, telling other christian immigrants to commit suicide by self-deportation, etc, etc. No wonder they lost and will lose again and again.

  • drj81

    It is a tragedy because although there were possibilities of many other bad things happening under Romney these are “what ifs” and “maybes” and changes of course would probably occur along the way. 
    Whereas the one thing we know for sure is that the abortion business will profit handsomely under Obama.

  • Fr. Thomas Poovathinkal

     
    UNTIL SUCH PEOPLE COME TO POWER STAND AGAINST; ONCE THEY ARE IN POWER STAND FOR THEM, RESPECT THEM,  AND TRY TO LOVE AND PRAY FOR THEM THAT THEY MAY COME CLOSER TO THE MIND OF OUR GOOD GOD JESUS CHRIST. GRACE OF GOD  IN CHRIST THE LORD CAN BE MEDIATED WHEN WE SINCERELY PRAY WITH FAITH.

    DOING THIS IS IMPORTANT FOR COMMON GOOD AS WELL.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PWZKI7JBARE4DDT3NQ22RWMOJE Benedict Carter

    Absolutely astonishing that the Pope could welcome the election of a man who has voted consistently for the murder of the unborn – even of the partially born little child; and who has forced on Catholic employers the legal duty of paying for immoral “medical” provision for his workers. 

    Shame on you, Holy Father!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PWZKI7JBARE4DDT3NQ22RWMOJE Benedict Carter

    Absolutely astonishing that the Pope could welcome the election of a man who has voted consistently for the murder of the unborn – even of the partially born little child; and who has forced on Catholic employers the legal duty of paying for immoral “medical” provision for his workers. 

    Shame on you, Holy Father!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PWZKI7JBARE4DDT3NQ22RWMOJE Benedict Carter

    Usury was banned, quite rightly, by the Church. And should be again.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PWZKI7JBARE4DDT3NQ22RWMOJE Benedict Carter

    Usury was banned, quite rightly, by the Church. And should be again.

  • Fr. Thomas Poovathinkal

    “US Catholic bishops have been at odds with Obama over his support for
    legalised abortion and his administration’s plan to require that the
    private health insurance plans of most Catholic institutions cover
    surgical sterilisation procedures and artificial birth control, which
    are forbidden by the Church’s moral teaching.”

    THE DEVIL ALSO HAS A RELIGION, SURE AND CERTAIN.

  • Brian A. Cook

    Holy Father, thank you for your gracious message. 

    Everyone else should take notes on how to speak with liberals.  

  • Sweetjae

    It’s called courtesy and diplomacy. The Holy Father as well as God respect the free will of the people even if the outcome is a disaster. Pope Benedict was acting as a Head of the State towards another Head of State, do you even understand that, Mr. “c”?

    The Pope already spoke against some evils of the Obamacare. Shame on you, Mr. c.