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Pope Benedict telegrams President Obama: work for peace and fight poverty

VATICAN CITY, Jan. 20 (UPI) — Pope Benedict XVI Tuesday sent U.S. President Barack Obama a telegram urging him to fight poverty and promote peace.  

“In our time, so many of our brothers and sisters around the world are longing to be freed from poverty, hunger and violence,'” the pope said in his telegram to the 44th U.S. president on his inauguration day.

The pope said he prayed that Obama would promote “cooperation and peace among nations,” reported ANSA, the Italian news agency.

The telegram also asked the United States to support a “free and fair society, marked by respect for the dignity, equality and rights of all its members, especially the poor, the marginalized and those without a voice.”


The Honorable Barack Obama

President of the United States of America

The White House

Washington, DC

On the occasion of your inauguration as the forty-fourth president of the United States of America I offer cordial good wishes, together with the assurance of my prayers that Almighty God will grant you unfailing wisdom and strength in the exercise of your high responsibilities. Under your leadership may the American people continue to find in their impressive religious and political heritage the spiritual values and ethical principles needed to cooperate in the building of a truly just and free society, marked by respect for the dignity, equality and rights of each of its members, especially the poor, the outcast and those who have no voice. At a time when so many of our brothers and sisters throughout the world yearn for liberation from the scourge of poverty, hunger and violence, I pray that you will be confirmed in your resolve to promote understanding, cooperation and peace among the nations, so that all may share in the banquet of life which God wills to set for the whole human family (Isaiah 25:6-7). Upon you and your family, and upon all the American people, I willingly invoke the Lord’s blessings of joy and peace.

Benedictus PP.XVI


Filed under: Church-State, Culture, Economic Policy, Market Place, morals, Papal Teachings, Politics, Social Doctrine, Social Justice

2 Responses

  1. coffee says:

    Happy Inauguration Day! Obama’s election is truly a reason to be hopeful, and proud

  2. Sammy from Indianny says:

    The “voiceless” are the unborn. President Obama will increase the killing of the unborn in the U.S. and worldwide.

    God have mercy on us all.

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