The White House just revealed previously unknown information about Melania Trump—the First Lady is a practicing Catholic.
The First Lady’s spokeswoman confirmed that she is Roman Catholic to Daily Mail after Pope Francis blessed a rosary for her during she and the President’s papal audience on Wednesday.
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Now we know one reason why the first lady began with ‘Let us pray’ and ‘Our Father who art in heaven’ when she introduced the president that evening: She’s a practicing Roman Catholic.
This news about the First Lady means Melania has reached another historical milestone for the Trump White House.
The last Catholics to live in the White House were John F. Kennedy and his wife Jackie. Melania and her son Barron will move to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue over the summer.
Reports say that not only did Melania participate in the papal audience—she also spent time in prayer while in Rome.
She spent time in prayer at the Vatican-affiliated Bambino Gesù (Baby Jesus) Hospital, and laid flowers at the feet of a statue of the Madonna.
Reports say it’s unclear exactly when Melania entered the Catholic Church, as she and her sister were not baptized and their father was a member of the atheist Communist party in Slovenia.
President Trump is a lifelong Presbyterian.
POTUS issued a proclamation on Wednesday, declaring May 29 to be a “day of prayer for permanent peace.”
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‘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.