- The Roman Catholic Church has hailed Joe Biden as the projected winner of the US election
- Pope Francis wished the Democratic candidate well and also gave him his blessing
- On his part, Biden reacted to the cleric's message with appreciation
Pope Francis of the Roman Catholic Church has sent his congratulatory message to Joe Biden, the projected winner of the United States (US) presidential election.
In a message, Francis gave his blessing to Biden and wished him well as he takes the mantle of leadership of the country over the next four years, DailyMail reports.
Reacting to the famous cleric's remarks, Biden said:
"The president-elect thanked His Holiness for extending blessings and congratulations and noted his appreciation for His Holiness' leadership in promoting peace, reconciliation, and the common bonds of humanity around the world."
When Biden is sworn-in by January 2021, he will be the second American Catholic president to rule the nation, with the first being the late John F. Kennedy.
Francis is the latest religious leader who has shunned President Donald Trump's refusal to concede defeat at the US poll. Briefly.co.za also recently reported on political leaders congratulating Joe Biden on his election in spite of Trump's continued denials.
Meanwhile, Trump had expressed fresh optimism on winning the US election as he continues to press lawsuits against Biden. Trump, 74, was trailing behind the 77-year-old former senator and vice president in both electoral and popular votes after the presidential poll.
Although the international media has been recognising Biden as the president-elect who would take over in January after the final collation of the results, Trump is yet to accept defeat — a development jeopardising the country's democratic principles.
The embattled president, in a tweet, stated that he would win the election because that was what the Supreme Court would likely decide. Trump's continuous claims have been refuted due to lack of evidence and no truth to their allegations.
Trump's insistence that there was electoral fraud and vote-stealing in some states including Pennsylvania have not been outright denied by key Republican party members such as Mitch McConnell.
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