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U.S. Bishops Request Prayers for Elected Officials

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Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, congratulated President Barack Obama, November 7, the day after his re-election as President of the United States.

Cardinal Dolan promised the prayers of the bishops saying that “the Catholic Bishops of the United States offer our prayers that God will give you strength and wisdom to meet the difficult challenges that face America.”

Pope Benedict XVI congratulated U.S. President Barack Obama on his re-election, saying that he prayed the ideals of freedom and justice that guided America's founders might continue to flourish.

"In the message, the Holy Father sent his best wishes to the president for his new term and assured him of his prayers that God might assist him in his very great responsibility before the country and the international community," the Vatican said in a statement.

In a statement to the faithful in the Diocese of Raleigh, the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge said, “We pray for our elected officials throughout our State and Country. May we always be one nation under God with liberty and justice for all.”

Cardinal Dolan’s letter follows: 

Dear President Obama, 

            In my capacity as President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, I write to express my congratulations on your re-election as President of the United States.  The people of our country have again entrusted you with a great responsibility.  The Catholic Bishops of the United States offer our prayers that God will give you strength and wisdom to meet the difficult challenges that face America.

            In particular, we pray that you will exercise your office to pursue the common good, especially in care of the most vulnerable among us, including the unborn, the poor, and the immigrant.  We will continue to stand in defense of life, marriage, and our first, most cherished liberty, religious freedom.  We pray, too, that you will help restore a sense of civility to the public order, so our public conversations may be imbued with respect and charity toward everyone.

            May God bless you and Vice President Biden as you prepare for your second term in service to our country and its citizens.

Sincerely,

Timothy Cardinal Dolan

Archbishop of New York

President United States Conference of Catholic Bishops