The following is a note the Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò sent to the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast. The event organizers declined to read it aloud at the event, which this year took place online. LifeSiteNews publishes it in full below.
With deep emotion I have learned that President Donald J. Trump will be taking part in the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast on 23 September.
On this occasion, Attorney General William Barr will receive the NCPB’s Christifideles Laici Award (Christ’s Faithful Laity), named after the Apostolic Exhortation On the Laity by Pope John Paul II.
I would like to make myself present on this memorable occasion, in which I participated with great enthusiasm as Apostolic Nuncio during the years of my mission in Washington, D.C. (2011-2016).
I therefore join all the participants in this extraordinary celebration and all American Catholics, who see in President Donald Trump the greatest defender of the supreme values of Christian civilization: of life, from conception to natural death; of the natural family composed of one man and one woman and children; and of love for the homeland: One Nation under God! And, most importantly, he stands for defending the right to freely practice our Faith, thus allowing us more fully to honor God.
The presidential elections in November represent an epochal challenge, a biblical challenge, the outcome of which will be decisive not only for the United States of America but for the whole world.
Our trust rests in God, the Almighty, whose right hand always works wonders.
+ Carlo Maria Viganò,
Titular Archbishop of Ulpiana
Former Apostolic Nuncio of Washington, D.C. (2011-2016)