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Christian leaders respond to a Trump presidency
Pope Francis delivers his message during an audience with faithful and employees of the Rome’s Cooperative Credit Bank in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican, Sept. 12, 2015. (Gregorio Borgia/AP)

“May we make God’s merciful love ever more evident in our world through dialogue, mutual acceptance and fraternal cooperation,” Pope Francis wrote on Twitter, the morning after Donald Trump was elected America’s next president.

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin said during a radio interview that the Vatican will “pray that God enlightens him and supports him in the service of his country of course, but also in the service of wellbeing and peace in the world,” according to Reuters.

“I think today everyone needs to work to change the global situation, which is one of deep laceration and serious conflict.”

On Wednesday morning, Christian leaders across the U.S. also extended congratulations and prayers to the president-elect.

Family Research Council president Tony Perkins showed support for Trump and his plans to “make America great again.”

But Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, who has been critical of Trump throughout the election season, wrote in an op-ed Wednesday that the presidential campaign had been “demoralizing and even traumatizing for most of the country.”

“The first thing, of course, is to pray for our soon-to-be President Trump,” he wrote.

“We now have a politics of sexual revolution across the board,” he added. “This means that conservative evangelicals are politically homeless — whether they know it or not.”

He went on to congratulate Trump.

Michael Wear, who headed “faith outreach” for President Obama, told Christian Today: “I am sad for my country and for those who went to bed scared last night.”

Ralph Reed, founder and chairman of the Faith & Freedom Coalition, told The Washington Post that it was evangelical voters who made their voices were heard.

“Voters of faith, led by a large evangelical vote, turned out in record numbers and voted for Donald Trump and GOP Senate and House candidates by a four-to-one,” he said in a statement. “Donald Trump made the evangelical vote a centerpiece of his campaign, unapologetically appealed to their concerns, and stated his shared commitment to their issues, including life, religious freedom, judges, and support for Israel.

“As a result, he and like-minded candidates were richly rewarded with a huge faith-based vote that was an indispensable key to their astonishing victories. Even as some wrote the premature political obituary of the conservative religious vote, it once again showed its potency and effectiveness. These voters are ignored or spurned by candidates of either party to their great detriment, and likely their defeat.”

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