Pope Francis sent best wishes and prayers to incoming President Donald J. Trump shortly after he took the oath of office.
“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,” the pope’s message said.
Saying that the human family faces “grave humanitarian crises” that
demand “far-sighted and united political responses,” the pope said he
would pray that Trump’s decisions “will be guided by the rich spiritual
and ethical values that have the history of the American people and your
nation’s commitment to the advancement of human dignity and freedom
The pope also said he hoped that America’s “stature” continued to be
measured by “above all its concern for the poor, the outcast and those
in need who, like Lazarus, stand before our door.”
The message concluded with the pope saying he would ask God to grant
the new president, his family and all Americans “peace, concord and
every material and spiritual prosperity.