The papal spokesman, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, commented this morning to Vatican Radio about Barack Obama's election. My translation:
"The job of the president of the United States is one that is of immense and the highest responsibility, not only for his own country but for the entire world, given the weight that the United States has in every arena on the world stage. Therefore we all wish to the new President Obama that he may be able to respond to the expectations and hopes of those who turn to him, serving law and justice efficaciously, and finding the best means to promote peace in the world; favoring the growth and dignity of persons in respect for essential human and spiritual values. Believers pray that God may illuminate him and help him in his great responsibility."