Secretary Pompeo’s Statement on the Anniversary of Pope Francis’s Election

March 13, 2020

On behalf of the U.S. Department of State, I congratulate His Holiness Pope Francis upon the seventh anniversary of his election to the papacy.

The United States and the Holy See have enjoyed many years of friendship and close cooperation in advancing human dignity around the world. I look forward to continuing our vital partnership to promote democracy, freedom, and human rights across the globe.