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On behalf of the United States of America, I offer congratulations to His Holiness Pope Francis on the ninth anniversary of his election as Roman Pontiff.

The relationship between the United States and the Holy See is bound by common values such as respect for human rights and freedom of religion or belief.  We continue to work together to address the challenges of climate change, human trafficking, food security, the coronavirus pandemic, and many others.

I join millions of Americans in congratulating the Holy Father on this anniversary as he continues his work of leading the Catholic Church and inspiring those around the globe to seek peace, charity, and compassion.

U.S. Department of State

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