Pope blesses Obama on historic day
posted January 20,2009
Pope Benedict XVI has given new US President Barack Obama his blessing and prayers as a host of world religious and political leaders welcomed him to office.
The Vatican released the text of a telegram Benedict sent Mr Obama a few hours before the presidential swearing-in ceremony.
In the telegram, the Pope told Mr Obama he was praying that God would grant him "unfailing wisdom and strength" in carrying out his responsibilities. Benedict also urged Mr Obama to stick to his resolve in promoting understanding and peace among peoples.
The pontiff also expressed hope Obama's leadership would help Americans use ethical principles and spiritual values in building a just society. Benedict said attention must be paid to the poor, the outcast, the hungry and "those who have no voice". the rest