When Melania Trump recited The Lord’s Prayer before a Melbourne, Florida presidential rally in February, the Internet went hog wild.
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.
Melania will be first Catholic in the White House since the Kennedys.
Her spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham confirmed that on Wednesday, hours after Pope Francis blessed a rosary for her at the Vatican.
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.
Mrs. Trump did more than just show up for a Papal audience.
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.
She also prayed in the hospital chapel and read to a young Greek boy in need of a donor heart – holding his hand in the Intensive Care Unit while camera shutters snapped.
The almighty may have heard her.
‘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.’
The first lady later tweeted about the development with the hashtags ‘#Blessings’ and ‘#Faith.’
In another tweet, she sent ‘blessings to all’ after her Papal audience.
Mrs. Trump told Pope Francis at the Vatican that she was looking forward to going to the hospital ‘for the bambinos.’ She later called the visit ‘very moving.’
‘To spend time speaking to and coloring with children who have such a positive spirit despite illness was an amazing gift,’ she said.
‘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.’
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