US Catholic Bishops’ Conference president, the Pope and Trump

US Catholic Bishops’ Conference president, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, is looking forward to holding pro-life discussions with the new US President-elect.

He also indicated in his congratulatory speech to Donald Trump that the Church is hoping to make some changes to policies affecting migrants and refugees.

Kurtz set the tone for his congratulations early in his speech by repeating the Pope’s statement: “All political activity must serve and promote the good of the human person and be based on respect for his or her dignity.”

He then went on to ask people to seek the face of Christ in their neighbors’, and in particular “in the suffering or those with whom we may disagree”.

Kurtz also acknowledged the needs of America’s poor, noting many of them have been struggling to be heard.

“Our response should be simple: we hear you,” he said.

“The responsibility to help strengthen families belongs to each of us.”

Acknowledging the Democrats’ pro-life stance, Kurtz said the US Bishops’ Conference was looking forward to working with Trump “to protect human life from its most vulnerable beginning to its natural end.”.

Kurtz’s speech noted some of the domestic and international responsibilities Trump will have to manage.

These include welcoming migrants and refugees, and looking our for people who are being persecuted for their faith, especially in the Middle East.

“And we will look for the new administration’s commitment to domestic religious liberty, ensuring people of faith remain free to proclaim and shape our lives around the truth about man and woman, and the unique bond of marriage that they can form,” he said.

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