Melania Trump reveals she is Catholic: The First Lady shares her faith with the world after meeting the Pope as the first Catholic to live in White House since JFK

Melania Trump reveals she is Catholic: The First Lady shares her faith with the world after meeting the Pope as the first Catholic to live in White House since JFK

Melania Trump’s spokeswoman confirms that she’s a Catholic

The first lady met with Pope Francis on Wednesday at the Vatican, where he blessed a rosary for her

Then she went to a Vatican-affiliated pediatric hospital where she met with children, prayed in a chapel and laid flowers at the feet of a statue of Mary

One boy she met, who needed a donor heart, will get his organ transplant, the hospital learned just hours after Melania’s visit

It’s unclear when Melania became a Catholic or when she was baptized

She and her sister weren’t baptized as infants and didn’t make their First Holy Communion along with other kids their age

Her father was a member of the Communist Party in Slovenia in order to work, and the party was official atheist

Melania opened a February presidential rally in Florida by surprising the president with a recitation of the Lord’s Prayer

By David Martosko
PUBLISHED: 24 May 2017 | UPDATED: 25 May 2017

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.

Her spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham confirmed that to DailyMail.com 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.

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Pope Francis blessed a rosary as first lady Melania Trump held it in her hand Wednesday, during a meeting at the Vatican; DailyMail.com can reveal that she is a practicing Catholic

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Melania prayed in front of a statue of the Virgin Mary on Wednesday at the Bambino Gesù children’s hospital in Rome

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The Trumps spoke with the Pontiff, and Melania told him she was looking forward to visiting the hospital ‘for the bambinos’

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Mrs. Trump also prayed in the hospital’s chapel on Wednesday

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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Mystery solved: Melania surprised a Melbourne, Florida crowd in February when she opened her introduction of her husband by reciting the Lord’s Prayer

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The first lady hugged a young boy in need of a heart transplant at the hospital on Wednesday

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Hours later she learned that doctors had found a donor organ for the child

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