Obama says he shares the joy of new Latino Pope with millions of Hispanic Americans. (Photo/Getty Images )

President Obama on Pope: “Shares the joy with millions of Hispanic Americans”

President Obama stated that he and Michelle offer their warm wishes to Pope Francis, and emphasized the significance of the Argentinian Pope’s selection.

“As the first Pope from the Americas, his selection also speaks to the strength and vitality of a region that is increasingly shaping our world, and alongside millions of Hispanic Americans, those of us in the United States share the joy of this historic day.”

President Obama stated, “As a champion of the poor and the most vulnerable among us, he carries forth the message of love and compassion that has inspired the world for more than two thousand years – that in each other we see the face of God.”  Obama also said, “I look forward to working with his Holiness to advance peace, security and dignity for our fellow human beings, regardless of their faith.”

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