Vatican prays for God to ‘enlighten’ Trump, wishes him well

Vatican City, Nov 9 (IANS/AKI) The Vatican’s second in command on Wednesday offered prayers to “enlighten” US president-elect Donald Trump and let him be guided by God while serving his country and the world.

“We send our congratulations to the new President in the hope that his government may bear real fruit,” Vatican Radio cited Cardinal Pietro Parolin as saying.

“He is assured of our prayers that the Lord may enlighten and support him in the service of his country of course, but also in the service of well-being and peace in the world.”

Since his victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton in Tuesday’s polls, Trump had already spoken “in leadership style”, said Parolin, adding it would be premature to comment on specific issues such as immigration.

Earlier this year, Pope Francis suggested Trump was “not Christian” because of his hardline views on immigration, prompting Trump to call the remarks “disgraceful”.

A papal spokesman later claimed the pontiff had not made a personal attack on the Republican party candidate.