March 12, 2018
On behalf of the United States Government, I offer my congratulations to His Holiness Pope Francis on the fifth anniversary of his election to the See of Rome.
Together, the United States and the Holy See are an extraordinary force for good as we work to advance religious freedom and human rights, fight terrorism and violence, combat human trafficking, prevent the spread of diseases, and seek peaceful solutions to crises around the world. President Trump’s historic meeting with Pope Francis on his first foreign trip in May of 2017 underscored the importance of this partnership.
I join millions of Americans in congratulating the Holy Father on this anniversary and look forward to our continued work together to promote peace, freedom, and human dignity around the world