President Trump’s Letter to His Holiness Pope Francis on the Sixth Anniversary of his Election

Pope Francis exchanges gifts with President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, on the occasion of their private audience, at the Vatican, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, Pool)

Your Holiness:

On behalf of the people of the United States of America, I am honored to extend to you my congratulations on the sixth anniversary of your election.

This year marks the 35th anniversary of diplomatic relations between our two governments. I am proud of our close cooperation with the Holy See on a range of global issues, from promoting religious freedom, to supporting conflict prevention, to ending human trafficking.  I look forward to continuing our enduring partnership to ensure peace and reduce human suffering across the globe.

Please accept my prayers and best wishes as you enter the seventh year of your pontificate.

Sincerely,

Donald J. Trump