The Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences (FABC) welcomed the election of Joe Biden as president of the United States of America.
"We warmly send our prayerful wishes and congratulations to the people of America and the President-Elect Joe Biden," read a statement signed by Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, FABC president.
The prelates noted that with the election of Biden the United States "enters into a new phase in their glorious history, affirming democracy and universal good."
"President-Elect Joe Biden comes from a long tradition of Catholic faith-based life. His concern for the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor is a refreshing welcome," read the bishops' statement.
"The world with its poor and its climate challenges look forward to the USA fortifying the global fight against global warming and poverty," it added.
"With prayerful wishes we welcome him and do hope his tenure will pay greater attention to countries in the margins like Myanmar," read the statement.
The federation of Catholic bishops' conferences expressed hope that the United States "will play its leadership role in the company of international organizations like the UN.
"President-Elect Joe Biden’s Catholic faith will help him in his long journey of seeking economic and environmental justice for all, the themes that guide the global Catholic Church and the US Catholic Bishops’ Conference," it added.
"Surely the President-Elect will have further chances to engage the Catholic church in building a world of peace and justice," read the statement.
The Asian bishops said they join the American bishops in praying to the Blessed Virgin Mary to intercede for the United States, saying, “May she help all of us to work together to fulfil the beautiful vision of America’s missionaries and founders — one nation under God, where the sanctity of every human life is defended and freedom of conscience and religion are guaranteed.”
Biden has been an advocate of abortion rights, a contentious issue among Catholics, vowing to enact legislation making Roe vs Wade “the law of the land” if it were overturned by the US Supreme Court.
Roe vs Wade is a landmark decision of the US Supreme Court that ruled that the Constitution of the United States protects a pregnant woman’s liberty to choose to have an abortion without excessive government restriction.
In 2019, he said that reproductive rights “are a constitutional right. And, in fact, every woman should have that right.”
President-elect Biden declared it was “time to heal” a deeply divided America in his first speech after prevailing in a bitter election over the weekend.
President Donald Trump, however, refused to concede and pressed ahead with legal fights against the outcome.
“The people of this nation have spoken. They have delivered us a clear victory, a convincing victory,” said Biden in his home town of Wilmington, Delaware.
The Democrat pledged that as president he would seek to unify the country and “marshal the forces of decency” to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, rebuild economic prosperity, secure healthcare for American families and root out systemic racism.
“This is the time to heal in America,” he said. - RVA News