United States | On the Commemoration of the Anniversary of Pope Francis’ Election

United States | On the Commemoration of the Anniversary of Pope Francis’ Election

United States – On behalf of the United States Government, I wish to congratulate His Holiness Pope Francis on the sixth anniversary of his election to the Holy See of Rome. I appreciate his steadfast leadership to promoting peace and advancing religious freedom and human rights around the world.

While the U.S.-Vatican friendship dates back to the founding of the United States, this year marks 35 years since the establishment of formal relations.

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