Catholic Bishops Congratulate Barack Obama on Historic Election; Urge Him to Defend the Weak, Heal Divisions
QUOTE WASHINGTON, Nov 05, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire via COMTEX/ --
The U.S. bishops congratulated President-elect Barack Obama, the first African-American elected President of the United States, and called the event "historic" and coming at a difficult time.
"Our country is confronting many uncertainties," the bishops said. "We pray that you will use the powers of your office to meet them with a special concern to defend the most vulnerable among us and heal the divisions in our country and our world. We stand ready to work with you in defense and support of the life and dignity of every human person."
They bishops offered their remarks in a November 4 letter to President-elect Obama from Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. UNQUOTE