- The Roman Catholic Church has hailed Joe Biden as the projected winner of the US election
- Pope Francis who wished the Democrat well also gave him his blessings
- 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 in 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 after 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.
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 November 3 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 principle.
The embattled president, in a tweet on Tuesday, November 10, convincingly stated that he would win the election which was likely to be decided by the Supreme Court.
Trump's claims that there were electoral fraud and vote-stealing in some states including Pennsylvania had been backed by some top men in his party, Republican.
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In a rather sad development, YEN.com.gh reported that former president Jerry John Rawlings has died.
According to a report sighted by YEN.com.gh on Graphic.com.gh, Rawlings died at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital after suffering a certain ailment.
He was said to have been on admission at the hospital for about a week now for an undisclosed illness and passed on in the early hours of Thursday, November 12, 2020.