Washington DC: United States of America has expressed its gratitude to Pope Francis for his role in renewing diplomatic ties between the US and Cuba.
In a congratulatory message to Pope Francis on the third anniversary of his election as Bishop of Rome and leader of the Roman Catholic Church, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has said on behalf of the US President and people of America that the ‘Holy Father’ was instrumental in encouraging talks between our two countries, and the United States will continue to seek his support as we proceed with our renewed bilateral relationship with Cuba. The statement says ‘ we also greatly appreciate the Holy Father’s support for Colombia and the FARC to successfully negotiate a peace agreement.’
Kerry, in his statement, goes on to observe: ‘I believe that Americans — Catholics and non-Catholics alike — share His Holiness’ conviction that we must do all we can to protect the environmental health of our planet, to uphold the common good, to promote religious freedom, to care for refugees and others who are disadvantaged, and to strive for justice and peace. Many around the world are inspired by his dedication to helping the marginalized and disadvantaged. We share His Holiness’ conviction that all people have dignity and worth and that we must strive to help everyone reach his or her full potential.’