Letter: U.S. presence missed at Vatican ceremony

On Sunday, April 27, millions of viewers across the globe witnessed the momentous, historical occasion in Vatican City when Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII were canonized as saints by Pope Francis, with Pope Emeritus Benedict VI in attendance.

Many pilgrims spent the night on the streets of Rome to be able to be present for this solemn event. It was, as are most Vatican celebrations, a gathering of diverse people from many countries, backgrounds and religions. It was a once-in-a-lifetime beautiful and memorable ceremony for those who chose to observe this on Eternal Word Television Network.

At the conclusion of this spiritual event, Pope Francis greeted the kings, queens and dignitaries from many nations. I did not see the U.S. president, vice president, a senator or a member of Congress present and showing respect to the millions of people in the world for whom this event was very meaningful. I cannot help put think the former President Ronald Regan, who worked so closely with Pope John Paul II to overcome communism, would have been present. In my humble opinion our American leadership missed a great opportunity to be a visual part of a world celebration in accordance with our status in the free world. Is this what America has become? Where were our leaders? They were missed.

A. Vukos

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