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Pope pressures Obama in congratulatory letter


VATICAN CITY (CNS): Pope Benedict XVI congratulated president of the United States of America (US), Barack Obama, on his re-election in a telegramme sent on November 7 through Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, the apostolic nuncio to the country. 

The pope said he prayed 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 full text of the pope’s telegramme was not made public, but in a statement, the Vatican said, “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.” 

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

He went on to say it is the hope of everyone that Obama will 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.” ......


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