Perhaps in his way to build bridges, Pope Francis and the Vatican say they are praying for president-elect Donald Trump.
Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s secretary of state said in a statement that the church is praying that “the Lord would enlighten and sustain” Trump, according to Newsweek.
“We send our best wishes to the new president that his administration may truly be fruitful,” he said.
The Pope was thrown into the campaign trail spotlight earlier this year when he was asked after his tour of Mexico what he thought about Trump’s plans to build a wall on the American border. At the time, Pope Francis said that anyone who “thinks about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian.”
The Pope’s staff later sent out a statement later clarifying he was not targeting the then-Republican nominee.
A day after the American election, the following was tweeted from the Pope’s official Twitter account: “May we make God’s merciful love ever more evident in our world through dialogue, mutual acceptance and fraternal co-operation.”