Bishops Congratulate Barack Obama on Historic Election; Urge Him to Defend the
Weak, Heal Divisions
Dear President-elect Obama,
I write to you, in my capacity as President of the United States Conference of
Catholic Bishops, to express our congratulations on your historic election as
President of the United States. The people of our country have entrusted you
with a great responsibility. As Catholic Bishops, we offer our prayers that God
give you strength and wisdom to meet the coming challenges.
Our country is confronting many uncertainties. We pray that you will use the
powers of your office to meet them with a special concern to defend the most
vulnerable among us and heal the divisions in our country and our world. We
stand ready to work with you in defense and support of the life and dignity of
every human person.
May God bless you and Vice President-elect Biden as you prepare to assume your
duties in service to our country and its citizens.
Francis Cardinal George, OMI
Archbishop of Chicago President