Pope Francis, the 266th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church, is celebrating four years in his position as of Monday, March 13th.
Rex Tillerson, U.S. Secretary of State, released a statement congratulating Pope on his anniversary:
“On behalf of President Trump and the people of the United States, I offer my congratulations to His Holiness Pope Francis on the fourth anniversary of his election as Bishop of Rome and leader of the Catholic Church,” he stated.
Tillerson continues on the importance of the partnership between the United States and the Church.
“The United States and the Holy See have worked together for decades to face global challenges such as trafficking in persons, food insecurity, epidemics, and the exploitation of religion as a tool to incite hatred and divide nations. Together we have built vital partnerships and cooperated to advance peace, liberty, and human dignity around the world.”
He extends the congratulations on behalf of people all around the globe supporting the Holy See’s journey.
“On this day I join millions of Americans, and people around the world, in congratulating the Holy Father and wishing him continued success in leading the Catholic Church to make a better world for all.”
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“May the Holy Spirit lead us on a true journey of conversion, so that we can rediscover the gift of God’s word.”
-Pope Francis, March 13th, 2017