President-elect Obama phones pope


U.S. President-elect Barack Obama on the phone Nov. 6, returning calls to world leaders. (CNS photo/Obama Campaign/handout via Reuters)

VATICAN CITY — U.S. President-elect Barack Obama telephoned Pope Benedict XVI to thank the pope for his message of congratulations on his election victory.

The pope was one of the many world leaders Obama has been contacting since his Nov. 4 win.

Vatican spokesperson Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi confirmed to Catholic News Service Nov. 12 that the president-elect telephoned the pope Nov. 11 “to thank the pope for his telegram, his congratulations” on winning the U.S. presidential election.

Further details about the call were not known, Father Lombardi said.

(UPDATE: Full story)

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4 Responses to President-elect Obama phones pope

  1. Mark says:

    How dare he call the Pope! He is evil personified!

  2. (not the same) Mark says:

    If Barack Obama is evil personified, why did the Pope send him a congratulatory message? All the popes I know have tended to oppose evil.

  3. Alise says:

    To Mark who thinks Obama evil because he phoned the Pope: Didn’t your mother teach you manners? Why shouldn’t Obama call the Pope to thank him for sending his kind, thoughtful telegram of congratulations? Maybe you should pick up the phone and thank people when they say nice things about you.

  4. Anhtuan says:

    In a world of division, it’s enlighting to know that the Pope take the diplomatic and engaging approach. It hurts nothing to be cordial and kind. It’s God way.

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