Vatican congratulates Trump, urges him to work for peace

Best wishes offered

The Vatican has offered best wishes to Donald Trump after his victory in the US election and called on him to work for peace in the world, reports AP in The Catholic Herald.

In an interview with Vatican Radio, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, urged Mr Trump’s presidency to be “truly fruitful” and said the Vatican “notes with respect for the will expressed by the American people with this exercise in democracy.”

Cardinal Parolin also assured the President-elect of “our prayer that the Lord may enlighten and support him in his service of his country, of course, but also to the well-being and peace in the world.”

He added: “I believe that today we need all work to change the world situation, which is one of serious laceration and severe conflict.”

In response to a question about Mr Trump’s stance on immigration and specifically the Pope’s comment that “He who builds walls is not a Christian,” Cardinal Parolin said it was “too premature to make judgments.”

Mr Trump’s triumph over Hillary Clinton will end eight years of Democratic dominance of the White House.

He will govern with Congress fully under Republican control and lead a country deeply divided by his rancorous campaign against Mrs Clinton.

He faces fractures within his own party, too, given the numerous Republicans who either tepidly supported his nomination or never backed him at all.

At a victory party in New York City, Mr Trump urged Americans to “come together as one united people.”

Mrs Clinton called her Republican rival to concede but did not plan to speak publicly until Wednesday morning US time. At the victory party, Mr Trump said the nation owed Mrs Clinton “a major debt of gratitude” for her years of public service.

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Vatican calls on President-elect Trump to work for peace in the world (The Catholic Herald)

Top Vatican official congratulates Trump, offers prayers (CNS)

US Bishops encourage unity, prayer after election night (CNA)

Round-up of Catholic reaction to Trump victory (The Catholic Herald)

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