A spokesperson for Melania Trump confirmed that the First Lady is a Roman Catholic, just hours after Pope Francis blessed a Rosary for her at the Vatican. During her visit to the Gesu Bambino hospital in Rome, which is supported by the Vatican, she not only visited children interned there but also spent time in prayer in the hospital’s chapel. Before leaving, she left a bouquet of roses at the feet of a statue of the Virgin Mary.
 
The First Lady accompanied President Donald Trump to Brussels, where he is attending a meeting of G7 nations. She released a statement that confirmed reports that a young Greek boy who was need of a donor heart, with whom she sat at the Bambino Gesu Hopsital, has found a donor heart. “Upon landing in Belgium, I learned a young boy and his family who had been waiting for a heart transplant was informed that the hospital has found a donor,” she said in a statement.
 
“I read a book and held hands with this special little one just a few hours ago, and now my own heart is filled with joy over this news.” 
 
A a later tweet, the First Lady wrote about the boy’s good news and included the hashtags “#Blessings” and “#Faith.” In another tweet, she sent “blessings to all” after her audience with Pope Francis. It was then that she told the pontiff that she was looking forward to going to the hospital “for the bambinos.” She later called the visit “very moving.” Of the hospital visit, she said: “To spend time speaking to and coloring with children who have such a positive spirit despite illness was an amazing gift.”
 
“The time I spent with the little ones in the Intensive Care Unit is something I will never forget, and I will pray for each of them daily.”
 
 
While Mrs. Trump surprised a crowd in Melbourne, Florida, by reciting the Lord’s Prayer, it is unclear when she became a Catholic. The president is a life-long Presbyterian, and they were married according to the customs of the Episcopal Church of the USA. Her father was a member of the Communist Party in rural Slovenia, where she grew up. Her family gave the outward appearance of being atheists, according to former neighbors in the village of Sevnica.
 
Neither Mrs. Trump nor her sister were baptized or received the sacraments of the Catholic Church while growing up in Slovenia. It is not clear when she was baptized into the Catholic Church. 
 
During his visit to Saudi Arabia, President Trump addressed 55 leaders of Muslim countries and called on them to become part of “a coalition of nations who share the aim of stamping out extremism and providing our children a hopeful future that does honor to God.” In Jerusalem, he visited the famed Western Wall of the Temple and left a written prayer between the ancient stones, according to custom. At the Israel Museum, he said that he “marveled at the monument to God's presence and man's perseverance.” Speaking on Tuesday, he said, “I was humbled to place my hand upon the wall and to pray in that holy space for wisdom from God.” He told an audience of Jewish officials, “This city, like no other place in the world, reveals the longing of the human heart – to know and worship God.”
 
On Wednesday, Trump issued a proclamation calling for a national “day of prayer for permanent peace” on May 29, which falls on the observance of Memorial Day. “On this ceremonious day, we remember the fallen, we pray for a lasting peace among nations, and we honor these guardians of our inalienable rights,” he said. “I designate the hour beginning in each locality at 11:00 a.m. of that day as a time when people might unite in prayer. I urge the press, radio, television, and all other information media to cooperate in this observance,” Trump added.


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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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